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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The startling cost of Alzheimer's

One-third of individuals over age 85 have Alzheimer’s disease and 1 in 9 over age 65 have the memory-crippling disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

This is a startling demographic story as the American population ages. “As the first baby boomers are turning 70 this year, we have a cohort of aging Americans that are aging into the time of highest risk,” Ruth Drew, Director of Family and Information Services at the Alzheimer's Association, told Yahoo Finance. “So without effective treatments, the number is going to skyrocket.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2050 that number is projected to triple without any significant medical discoveries.

Read the complete article here.

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