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Living with Alzheimer's, the memory thief

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Melissa Porter | 23 September, 2018, 18:27

Mood-People with Alzheimer's may become confused, depressed, anxious, suspicious and/or upset.

Over 3% of the population - almost 14 million Americans - may have Alzheimer's disease or related dementias by 2060, according to a new CDC report. While Alzheimer's is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans aged 65 years and older, the findings also reveal a racial disparity.

2014 witnessed 5 million people in the US with Alzheimer's disease and associated dementias, about 1.6 percent of the USA population.

A precursor to Alzheimer's disease is dementia, and it has been found in clinical practices that if the warning signs are picked up early, it helps in the overall management of the disease. "Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future".

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.

The study is the first ever to project Alzheimer's and dementia rates by race and ethnicity. It is because of Alzheimer's disease. But as more people live longer, the numbers will inevitably go up.

The number of people surviving with Alzheimer's disease, associated dementias will double by 2060 as per the new inquiry from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"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", said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield.

The study was published online September 19 in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

Almost 14 percent of black men and women had developed the disease by 2014, where as 12.2 percent of Hispanics had it, as did 10.3 percent of white Americans.

Meanwhile, in terms of gender, women see a higher prevalence of dementia than men at 12.2 percent and 8.6 percent respectively.

Hilary Evans, the chief executive, said: "In the same way medical research has overcome other diseases in the past, we can make the same breakthroughs for people affected by dementia and their families".

What's most important, Alzheimer's experts agree, is getting a diagnosis early enough to prepare for possibly years of worsening disability.