By 2050, if there is no cure, the numbers would be around 13.8 million. "When further testing shows reversible or treatable causes (for example, depression, obstructive sleep apnea or vitamin B12 deficiency) rather than Alzheimer's disease, early diagnosis can lead to treatment and improvement of cognition and quality of life", the report reads.
For the second year in a row, total payments to care for those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias are projected to surpass a quarter of a trillion dollars and this year's figure shows an increase of almost $20 billion over last year's.
The estimated cost of caring for Americans with Alzheimer's and other dementiasis $277 billion this year - and that doesn't include unpaid caregiving. "The sooner the diagnosis occurs, the sooner these costs can be managed and savings can begin". Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from Alzheimer's disease as recorded on death certificates increased 123 percent, while deaths from the number one cause of death (heart disease) decreased 11 percent.
Patients with Alzheimer's may die of pneumonia or blood clots, but the underlying cause is the disease itself, doctors said in Live Science.
The report estimates that previous year the lifetime costs of an Alzheimer's patient were $329,360 and 70 percent of this was borne by the families.
"This year's report illuminates the growing cost and impact of Alzheimer's on the nation's health care system, and also points to the growing financial, physical and emotional toll on families facing this disease", said Keith Fargo, who directs scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association.
"Alzheimer's is a burden that's only going to get worse", Fargo said.
People with Alzheimer's or other dementias have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people.
The development of biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease is making it possible to detect Alzheimer's disease and provide an accurate diagnosis earlier than at any other time in history.
The aging population in the United States has been on the rise and they are the group most susceptible to the disease. Controlling heart disease, diabetes and other conditions early saves money in the long run.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in both Kentucky and the USA and the only disease in the top 10 causes of death in the US without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. My father is living with Alzheimer's disease, and as my siblings and I do our best to support my mother as his caregivers, we understand how crucial it is to change the way we, as a country, address the disease.