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Alzheimer's cases to nearly triple by 2060, CDC says

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CDC researchers used population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau and percentages of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to estimate the number of people with Alzheimer's by age, sex, race, and ethnicity in 2014 and 2060.

A new survey from Novartis, Amgen and Banner Alzheimer's Institute, along with Alzheimer's Disease International, shows that 91% of people from around the world believe medical research will result in a treatment for dementia.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.

The latest CDC report analyzes data on 15.1 million senior and supports that effort by tracking the how the disease is affecting different populations.

The lowest prevalence of the 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's or related dementias in 2014 was in Asian and Pacific Islanders (8.4%), and the African-Americans (13.8%) were the highest. There are about 200000 Americans under the age of 65 who are suffering from disease.

It projects Alzheimer's disease will affect nearly 14 million people in a few decades.

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On Wednesday, a team of scientists in the U.S. said they had eliminated dead but toxic cells occurring naturally in the brains of mice created to mimic Alzheimer's and slowed neuron damage and memory loss associated with the disease.

It is hard to predict just how many people will develop Alzheimer's, the most common cause of dementia. That's followed by Hispanics (12.2 percent), and whites (10.3 percent).

The authors also highlight that, due to projected growth, caregivers of those living with dementia will need support and that "culturally competent care for these groups will be of paramount importance".

However, the disease is not an immediate decline and people can live normal lives for years after their diagnosis, experts say.

Although there is no cure, here we round up some of the recent research which has found that making certain lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. "Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future".

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