Alzheimer's report shows illness is growing across America

Alzheimer's Association report shows increases in care costs other findings

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's is growing - and growing fast. In 2017, 16 million Americans provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care in the form of physical, emotional and financial support - a contribution to the nation valued at $232.1 billion.

An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Years ago, researchers noted that people with Alzheimer's disease have high levels of tau in the cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds their brain and spinal cord.

The third factor was syndicated newspaper columnist Dear Abby, who received a letter from someone signed "Confused" talking about their Alzheimer's symptoms and seeking help.

Ingram said while some progress has been made developing drugs that control the brain buildup of plaques, it has proven unsuccessful in curtailing onset of the disease, which has been baffling for researchers to figure out why.

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Tau production appears to be an active process in Alzheimer's disease that is correlated positively with the amount of amyloid plaques, suggesting a biological link between amyloid plaques and tau physiology, researchers reported today in Neuron.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in both Kentucky and the US and the only disease in the top 10 causes of death in the USA without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

Spending on care for people alive in the US right now who will develop the affliction is projected to cost $47 trillion over the course of their lives, a report issued Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association found. During the period, the number of deaths from heart disease-the top killer among Americans-decreased by 11 percent, the Alzheimer's Association said. Almost half of all caregivers who provide help to older adults do so for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Forty-one percent of caregivers have a household income of $50,000 a year or less. Nearly two thirds of Americans with the disease are women.

Alzheimer's takes a devastating toll on caregivers. Saxman says about 110,000 Hoosiers live with the disease and likely more. Treatment of dementias and Alzheimer's disease costs the healthcare system $277 billion this year, the report finds.

The costs do not include the unpaid time and effort in caring for the people with Alzheimer's disease.

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A successful treatment for Alzheimer's would cost the NHS up to £9.4 billion a year and planning for it must start now, experts say.

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said the report showed "the scale of the challenge dementia presents not only to individuals and their families but to wider society".

People with Alzheimer's or other dementias have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people.

"It's hard to do clinical research on tauopathies right now, because we don't have good tests for diagnosing these other diseases, such as frontotemporal dementia", Bateman adds.

Lyle Bass was diagnosed in 2016 and immediately reached out to the Alzheimer's Association.

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