The number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer's is set to double by 2060, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates. From previous studies, an average of two out of three people globally have little or no understanding of Alzheimer's disease and associated dementia in their countries.
Alzheimer's has multifaceted impact on the individual, family and society as it is incurable, as researchers have been helpless in unravelling the mysteries of the genesis of senile plaques (deposits of amyloid proteins) and neurofibrillary tangles (bundles of dead neurones) within the brain of Alzheimer's patients, says Dr. Shaji.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer'sis the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
In 2014, 5 million people, or 1.6% of the US population, had Alzheimer's. Overall, the burden of Alzheimer's on the population is expected to grow by 13.9 million between now and the year 2060 to 417 million.
Sawai Man Singh Medical College to have a separate dementia clinic for treatment of Alzheimer's disease at its psychiatric centre in Adarsh Nagar which will be operational from Monday.
'It is now one of the leading causes of death and disability internationally, with an annual economic cost of more than United States $1 trillion. The new report finds that white Americans will continue to comprise the majority of Alzheimer's cases, simply due to their sheer numbers. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, which impairs mental functioning. Divided by ethnicity, among Hispanics, 12.2% were diagnosed with these conditions, along with 9.1% of American Indian and Alaska natives and10.3% of whites. The increases are a result of people living longer.
What's most important, Alzheimer's experts agree, is getting a diagnosis early enough to prepare for possibly years of worsening disability.
"If you count how many people have the pathology in the brain that says they're on their way, that goes up to closer to 20 million", Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, a neurologist and Alzheimer's specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, told NBC News in a Facebook Live conversation Friday. Premature diagnosis seems to be the clue for assisting people and their families survive with dissipation of memory steer the health care system, and propose for their care in the near future.