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Alzheimer's 'epidemic' predicted by 2050

Number of Americans over 65 with disease may rise dramatically

12:16 PM, Feb. 7, 2013
Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility in Washington, puts her hand on the arm of resident Catherine Peake.
Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility in Washington, puts her hand on the arm of resident Catherine Peake.
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A new government-funded report confirms what advocacy groups have been warning for years: The number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's disease will almost triple by 2050, straining the health care system and taxing the health of caregivers.

Numbers are projected to rise from 5 million now to 13.8 million - 1 in 6 people age 75 and older. The disease robs people of their memory, erases personality and makes even routine tasks like dressing and bathing impossible.

"We're going to need coordinated efforts for this upcoming epidemic," said lead author Jennifer Weuve, assistant professor ...

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