With Alzheimer’s Tsunami Expected, Experts Weigh How to Shift the Tide

October 17, 2019

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With Alzheimer’s Tsunami Expected, Experts Weigh How to Shift the Tide

The forecast looms like a portent of doom. From 5.8 million people today, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to reach 13.8 million by 2050, overwhelming caregivers and the health care system — a prospect that has produced alarm bordering on panic about an unstoppable Alzheimer’s tsunami. Reality, however, is far more nuanced: Medical breakthroughs and other factors could dramatically reduce that number — though, paradoxically, such advances could also increase the prevalence of this most common form of dementia.

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