Alzheimer's cases may quadruple by 2050
By: Holly Brantley
Disturbing new numbers in the battle against Alzheimer's. New research predicts the number of people with the disease will quadruple by mid-century. That means by 2050 the number would jump from 26 million to 106 million world wide.
For Jackson resident Bill Hoover the brain wasting disease is all too familiar. He lost three family members to Alzheimer's, including his wife of more than 50 years, Jo.
Bill now serves as an Outreach Ambassador to spread the word about the disease. "It's hard, but people need to know they're not alone," said Hoover.
Bill doesn't want anybody to have to go through what he and his family went through. But, according to new research, the number of cases today will multiply by four.
"It's really not surprising that the number of people with the disease is set to grow," said Shannon Kitchen of the Alzheimer's Association.
The U.S. isn't expected to see as large an increase in the number of cases as some other areas around the globe. Kitchen says that's thanks to technology and awareness. But, he says the thought of a world with 106 million Alzheimer's patients reminds us how important it is to cut the risk.
"People need to eat a healthy diet and engage their brains with puzzles or games as much as possible," said Kitchen.
The Alzheimer's Association will present a 'Hands on Care' conference for people with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer's on Tuesday July 17th between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
It will be at Southeast Hospital in the Harrison room.
You can also participate in the Memory Walk at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau on September 22, 2007.
Call 573-651-5825 or 573-332-8170 for more information