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Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers

Photo by Ann Gordon

The good news is that death rates for many major diseases - HIV, stroke, heart disease, prostate cancer, and breast cancer - are declining. Sadly, we can't yet say the same about Alzheimer's. This year, the first of the Boomer Generation turns 65 and with increased age comes increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Starting this year, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65. As these baby boomers age, one of out of eight of them will develop Alzheimer’s – a devastating, costly, heartbreaking disease. Increasingly for these baby boomers, it will no longer be their grandparents and parents who have Alzheimer’s – it will be them. It is estimated that 10 million baby boomers will end up developing Alzheimer's Disease.

To bring urgently-needed attention to the risk facing the Boomers, Alzheimer's Association recently released a groundbreaking study Generation Alzheimer's: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers. This report sheds light on a crisis that is no longer emerging – but here. If you’d like to view a full copy of this report please go to www.alz.org/boomers.

 

Photo by Ann Gordon