New Estimate: Alzheimer's Could Triple by 2050

Posted by George Prentice on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

In July 2011, Boise Weekly sat down with Dr. Troy Rohn, scholar and researcher at Boise State, to talk about what he called "the epidemic of our times," Alzheimer's. At the time, Rohn said there were between 26,000 and 32,000 people in Idaho diagnosed with Alzheimer's, enough to fill Bronco Stadium.

"We are one of the 'hot states' that will see the greatest increase in Alzheimer's," Rohn told BW. "We have an aging population and a lot of people moving here are about to retire."

Indeed, new research published this week in the journal Neurology, indicates that Alzheimer's could triple in the United States by the year 2050, because of the rapidly aging Baby Boom generation.

"It will place a huge burden on society, disabling more people who develop the disease, challenging their caregivers, and straining medical and social safety nets," said the study's co-author, Jennifer Weuve, noting that there was an "urgent" need for more research and treatment strategies to fight the Alzheimer's threat.

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