A new study published online by the journal Neurology projects that, in the U.S. alone, there will be 13.8 million individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease dementia in 2050 – almost triple the estimated 4.7 million individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s in 2010. The study, led by Liesi Hebert of Rush University Medical Center, also projects that, of the 13.8 million individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2050, approximately 7 million will be age 85 or older.
This sharp increase will be due primarily to the aging baby boom population, and is in line with projections that other researchers have previously made. As stated by study co-author Jennifer Weuve:
“All of these projections anticipate a future with a dramatic increase in the number of people with Alzheimer's and should compel us to prepare for it. … Our study draws attention to an urgent need for more research, treatments and preventive strategies to reduce this epidemic.”