Listen as Dr. Tariot shares how common Alzheimer's disease is.
There are a couple of ways to address impact and that’s actually a really important question. The numbers alone are pretty staggering. About one percent of us aged 60 or over, will get a dementia-like Alzheimer’s disease. By the time you hit 70 it’s close to 15%; by the time you hit 85, which is the expected longevity of our younger daughter, the numbers are almost 50:50 and we’re aging very successfully which is why these numbers are going up.
Another number to think about is cost. Just in the U.S. alone, it’s projected that by 2050, in today’s dollars the annual cost of care will be $1.2 trillion, okay? Huge, but the other impact that’s really more important is person-by-person. It’s a scary illness to live through, usually has a big impact on the family. Caregivers who are more often women than not, have a 50:50 chance of experiencing a major medical illness that they wouldn’t have otherwise and a 50:50 chance of experiencing depression at some point.
So it can be very tough to live with, and I think this audience in particular should be sensitized to that.
About Dr. Tariot:
Dr. Pierre Tariot is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric psychiatry at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. He has devoted his career to helping thousands of patients and families cope with dementia. He is also a world leader in the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.
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