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Friday, April 22, 2011

Generation Alzheimer's: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers - Alzheimer's Association's groundbreaking study

"Too many of America's baby boomers will spend their retirement years either with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who has it."

This year, the first baby boomers turn 65. While Alzheimer’s is not normal aging, age is the greatest risk factor for the disease. This report conveys the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, families, government and the nation's healthcare system.

This means baby boomers are its next target.

With the first wave of baby boomers reaching age 65, there is an impending wave of new cases and new families that will have to face the devastating, deteriorating, debilitating and heartbreaking disease known as Alzheimer’s — a progressive and fatal brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

Eventually, Alzheimer’s kills, but not before it takes everything away from you. It steals a person’s memories, judgment and independence. It robs spouses of lifetime companions and children of parents and grandparents. It destroys the security of families and depletes millions of dollars annually from family and government budgets.

It is expected an estimated 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s. Of those who reach the age of 85, nearly one in two will get it. And because there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of the disease, every one of these 10 million baby boomers will either die with Alzheimer’s or from it.

And it’s not just the person with Alzheimer’s who suffers — it’s also the caregivers. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease negatively affects the caregiver’s health, employment, income and financial security. But that is nothing compared to the human cost — the toll it takes watching a loved one slowly disappear.

Unless we find a treatment or a cure, Alzheimer’s will become the defining disease of the Baby Boom Generation. They will be Generation Alzheimer’s.

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