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This year, the first baby boomers turn 65 — when the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease significantly increases. While Alzheimer’s is not normal aging, age is the greatest risk factor for the disease.
This means baby boomers are its next target.
With the first wave of baby boomers reaching age 65, there is an impending wave of new cases and new families that will have to face the devastating, deteriorating, debilitating and heartbreaking disease known as Alzheimer’s — a progressive and fatal brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
It is expected an estimated 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s. Of those who reach the age of 85, nearly one in two will get it. And because there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of the disease, every one of these 10 million baby boomers will either die with Alzheimer’s or from it.
Unless we find a treatment or a cure, Alzheimer’s will become the defining disease of the Baby Boom Generation. They will be Generation Alzheimer’s.
HelpAge International helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. Our work is strengthened through our global network of like-minded organisations – the only one of its kind in the world.
The Global AgeWatch Index is the first global index to rank countries according to the social and economic well-being of older people.
Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is one of the biggest global public health challenges facing our generation. Today, over 35 million people worldwide currently live with the condition and this number is expected to double by 2030 and more than
triple by 2050 to 115 million.
We believe that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia must become a national and international public health priority so that countries can develop adequate long-term care systems to look after people living with the condition now, and in the future.
AN ANALYSIS OF PROTECTIVE AND MODIFIABLE FACTORS
Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, remains one of the biggest global public health challenges facing our generation. The number of people living with dementia worldwide today is estimated at 44 million, set to almost double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050. The global cost of dementia was estimated in 2010 at US $604 billion, and this is only set to rise.
Given this epidemic scale, and with no known cure, it’s crucial that we look at what we can do to reduce the risk or delay the onset of developing the disease. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) believes that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia must become a national and international public health priority. Governments must develop adequate strategies to deal with the epidemic holistically – including tackling both reduction in risk for future generations, and adequately caring for people living with the condition and supporting their friends and family.
As the only worldwide international federation of Alzheimer associations and global voice on dementia, and the largest international provider of specialist dementia care, ADI is committed to changing the way the world thinks about dementia.
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