A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association says there are more than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease today. That is a substantial increase, from the estimated 4.5 million people with Alzheimers in 2002. (see http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=65701).
Researchers estimate that number will climb to 14 million people by 2050, unless a cure or preventive measure can be found. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/brain/alzheimers/alz.about.htm
As age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, the United States will see a surge in those needing Alzheimer care from the baby boomers generation. The first baby-boomers, now in their 60’s, are nearing the age of greatest risk.
Recent studies show African-Americans may be at greater risk for the disease, and by the year 2030, the number of African-Americans 65 or older is expected to more than double to 6.9 million.
So what can be done? While there isn’t a cure, or medication that can prevent disease progression, recent studies show certain preventative measures may be effective. Three minutes on the internet and I read articles that state the following may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease:
Drink Fruit Juice
Do mental exercises (cross-word puzzles, etc)
Take Cholesterol Medication
Take Vitamin D
Eat foods high in folic acids
Please note, I have no idea if these work, but I for once, am paying attention.