"This study shows that as the USA population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations", CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield added. In order for people who don't have Alzheimer's symptoms to participate in studies, they'll need to be tested for some of the telltale markers of susceptibility to the disease.
Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia.
Alzheimer's South Africa NPC provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers.
Today is World Alzheimer's Day, and the release of Dementia International's "World Alzheimer's Report" providing a snapshot of current research and future plans.
2014 witnessed 5 million people in the US with Alzheimer's disease and associated dementias, about 1.6 percent of the USA population.
The devastating neurodegenerative disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and caring for the surviving sufferers costs hundreds of billions of dollars. 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. Dementia and Alzheimer's are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the study, the highest number of cases have the non-Hispanic whites because of the size of the population, but the highest projected increase is faced by Hispanics.
Meanwhile, in terms of gender, women see a higher prevalence of dementia than men at 12.2 percent and 8.6 percent respectively.
Dr Solanki said that the disease reduces person's ability to perform everyday activities which is not problematic for patient but it also disturbs life of other family members.
Presently amidst adults aged 65 and older, African-Americans have the excessive pervasiveness of Alzheimer's disease and associated dementias at 13.8 percent.
In light of the looming pressures of Alzheimer's on the U.S. as it threatens to sicken 13.9 million people in the coming decades, the CDC is urging better, more localized research, support for caregivers.
"It is important for people who think their daily lives are impacted by memory loss to discuss these concerns with a health care provider", said Kevin Matthews, a CDC health geographer who led the study team.