CDC predicts dementia issues will nearly double by 2060

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday revealed that the country’s burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will double by the year 2060, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 2014, 5 million Americans — or 1.6 percent of the population — felt the burden of the diseases. The figure is expected to grow to 13.9 million, equating to nearly 3.3 percent of the projected population in 2060.

The estimates are part of the agency’s recent study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Researchers examined data from the U.S. Census and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the projections.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, the death rate from the disease has risen by 55 percent in recent decades, according to the CDC. And in Georgia, the number of deaths from Alzheimer's has increased by 201 percent since 2000, according to Georgia Health News.

Read the full story at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia , Uncategorized