Alzheimer’s Disease is reaching epidemic proportions as the population ages at historically unheard of levels. The odds of Alzheimer’s onset roughly doubles every 5 years after age 65. People are living longer lives as we have treatments for most other diseases. There is no treatment for Alzheimer’s and the financial cost is thought to be headed to $1 trillion a year by 2050. There are great care centers such as the one in Amsterdam based on a village theme where each professional eschews the typical nurse’s uniform and fills a role as a villager.
- As our population grows older there is a greater increase in chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- At the turn of the century in 1900, only 4 percent of the population was over 65.
- Today nearly 90 percent of the industrialized world will live past 65.
“Alzheimer’s disease is practically unheard of in adults younger than 40, and very rare (one in 2,500) for those under 60.”