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Report: Alzheimer's cases could total 100 million by 2050

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Currently, 26.6 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease and that number could grow to more than 100 million people by 2050, a new analysis shows.

More than 40 percent of those 100 million Alzheimer's patients will have late-stage disease that requires a high level of care, such as that provided in nursing homes, researchers add.

"The number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease is growing at an alarming rate, and the increasing financial and personal costs will have a devastating effect on the world's economies, health-care systems and families," William Thies, the Alzheimer's Association's vice president of medical and scientific relations, said in a prepared statement.

The findings were to be presented Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia, in Washington, D.C.

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gt4everpn is a BSN, RN and specializes in Licensed Practical Nurse.

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what, thats almost half the population. i hope i'm not in that category!

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the numbers are astounding.

i am returning to nursing after a 2 year hiatus. i will be working the alzheimer's population again and am looking forward to it. i find it challenging and rewarding. (even if i do need a 2 year hiatus after a few years) ;)

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And people think euthanasia will never be legal here.

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PeachPie specializes in EC, IMU, LTAC.

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You'd better believe that before any of this happens to me, I will cook and shoot up a lethal dose of heroin. I've taken care of too many Alzheimer's patients who were in their own private hells.

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THATs so alarming...but what are the causes of it? i mean why wud it increase so alramingly?? is there any secific reason??i mean is it due to aging??or...

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Personally I think it is mostly due to the increase in elderly. 100 years ago most people did not live long enough to get it. Personally I take my statin drug and my hypertension med religiously. I think keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control helps. My mom has vascular dementia. I believe if she would have followed her medical doctors advice about her hypertension 20 years ago her memory would be much better now. She had such a deep abhorence of any kind of medication. We Still have problems getting her to comply.

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i believe this to be true also. people are living longer so the disease will most definitely be seen more and more

oramar, best you and your mother :) hugs.. and i agree, compliance is such a big big factor, take care

personally i think it is mostly due to the increase in elderly. 100 years ago most people did not live long enough to get it. personally i take my statin drug and my hypertension med religiously. i think keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control helps. my mom has vascular dementia. i believe if she would have followed her medical doctors advice about her hypertension 20 years ago her memory would be much better now. she had such a deep abhorence of any kind of medication. we still have problems getting her to comply.

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This article gives me a chuckle. You see I get a mental picture of myself in 2050 as a floor nurse well pass the age of 100 trying to care for people in their 80 and 90s with Alzhemiers. I suddenly realized it is not going to happen.

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