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Two Billion

I just read a report which contained some rather staggering statistics.  According to the World Health Organization, the number of people suffering from dementia, around the world, is expected to rise to 2 billion by the year 2050.  (Currently it is estimated that there are 36 million persons who have dementia symptoms.)  Another report estimates that dementia will soon cost the U.S. over $1 trillion in medical care.  That’s trillion, with a T.  The Alzheimer’s Association reports that Alzheimer’s disease is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.  It is also the only one, in the top ten, that cannot be cured, prevented, or even slowed down.

Thankfully, there is an increasing body of research being done into the prevention, identification, and treatment of the various dementias.  We know a lot more than we did even a few years ago, and certainly a lot more than when Dr. Alzheimer described his first patient over 100 years ago.

Something to think about.

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