Report Predicts Alzheimer's Disease To Affect More Baby Boomers

Mar 8, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky.  A new report predicts that by the year 2025, there will be as many as 100,000  individuals with Alzheimer’s disease living in Kentucky.  That data is contained in the annual Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Facts and Figures assessment.

Teri Shirk, president and CEO of the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association says more and more people diagnosed with the disease, have no one in the household to take care of them.

“One in seven individuals with Alzheimer’s is living alone and these folks are highly susceptible to the issues that plague individuals with Alzheimer’s particularly those who don’t have a solid care-giving net around them.”

Right now there are 80,000 individuals in Kentucky living with Alzheimer's disease, of that number nearly 11,500 live alone.

Shirk says the amount of so-called “golden alerts” generated by people with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is likely to rise as more baby boomers turn 65; and more people are diagnosed with the disease.

Shirk says for these and other reasons, the Alzheimer’s Association is renewing its call for a national federal-level strategy to deal with such issues.

“It costs the country $200 billion a year right now to treat and care for people with Alzheimer’s.  By mid-century, 2050, we predict that number will be one point one trillion dollars a year, based on the number of people, around 16 million who will have this disease.”

Alzheimer's is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the U-S.