Report Predicts - 10 MILLION Babyboomers Will Have Alzheimer's!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 7:16pm.

In about the time it takes to toast your bread, someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease. By mid-century that time will be cut by more than half.

A report released Tuesday shows an estimated 10 million baby boomers — one out of eight — will develop the progressive brain disorder.

Up to 5.2 million Americans have the disease.

"It's not an aging issue," said Kelly Hauer, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter. "It's a public health issue."

In just two years, Iowa's population of Alzheimer's patients is predicted to grow from 65,000 to 69,000, according to the report, issued by the Alzheimer's Association.

With 70 percent of Alzheimer's patients living at home, the disease touches not only those afflicted, but their families and caregivers.

Last year, 95,733 Iowa caregivers provided more than 82 million hours of unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementia, valued at $874 million.

"It's a tough job," said Kathy Good, 61, of Cedar Rapids, whose husband, David Good, also 61, developed early onset Alzheimer's at age 56.

A district court judge, David Good lost even simple abilities, such as finding the right word for "toothbrush."

Kathy Good considers the couple lucky. Friends take her husband out to lunch or the YMCA. She has some flexibility in her job as a social worker. They have financial stability.

That's not the same for everyone.

A bill in the Iowa Legislature would address the needs of Iowans living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Senate File 2341 calls for a county-by-county review to determine services and future needs of people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and address availability of caregiver services.

Another component of the bill addresses training for people who work in care facilities and those who care for an Alzheimer's patient at home.

Tuesday's report showed:

l Alzheimer's is the seventh leading cause of death nationwide and the fifth-leading cause of death for those over age 65.

l Every 71 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease; by midcentury someone will develop Alzheimer's every 33 seconds.

l By 2010, almost one-half million new cases of Alzheimer's will occur annually; by 2050, there will be almost 1 million new cases each year.

l Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer's disease (17 percent vs. 9 percent) basically because women live longer.

l One in six women and one in 10 men age 55 and older can expect to develop Alzheimer's disease in their lifetime.

Hauer said death rates from diseases such as stroke and breast cancer are declining as research money goes toward finding treatments and cures, but Alzheimer's deaths continue an upward trend.

"We've got a disease that doesn't have a cure," she said. "With our graying state … now is the time to develop an effective blueprint to deal with this disease."


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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 7:16pm.