World Alzheimer's Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/21/10

World Alzheimer's Day

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – This is World Alzheimer's Day, and a sobering new report was released this morning on the global impact of that disease. It finds the number of people with dementia will double by 2030, and more than triple by 2050.

Today, the Alzheimer's Association brought 100 thousand signatures to Capitol Hill. They are begging Congress to make Alzheimer's research a national priority. The president of the Alzheimer's Association, Harry Johns, said "it will cost us, over the next forty years, 20 trillion dollars just to care for people with Alzheimer's without ever investing an additional cent in research to change the course of the disease." 

More than 35 million people around the world have some form of dementia, and with millions of baby boomers at risk, the cost for all that care is expected to nearly double in the next 20 years.

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