And, by using a new kind of methodology which incorporates people at risk of developing Alzheimer's, the researchers determined that about 6 million US adults have Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment.
About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer's dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million this year, according to a new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is a professor of biostatistics at the Fielding School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles.
Many of these individuals will not progress to Alzheimer's dementia, Brookmeyer explained. "We need to have improved methods to identify which persons will progress to clinical symptoms, and develop interventions for them that could slow the progression of the disease, if not stop it altogether", Brookmeyer said in a UCLA news release. The researchers say they factored those rates of transition in their multi-state model; further, the model can estimate the impact of some possible prevention efforts on the number of future cases. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to fight for the 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's by co-sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act. The country's population is aging and with it comes a growing number of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Of the latter group, about 4 million Americans will need an intensive level of care, similar to that provided by nursing homes.
Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256), endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association.
People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have significant short-term memory loss but do not necessarily have problems with daily functioning.