American adults fear getting Alzheimer’s disease almost as much as they do getting cancer, and with good reason. An estimated 5.4 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s. It is projected that by 2050 approximately 13 to 16 million Americans will be affected by the disease. Moreover, the projected costs associated with the care of Alzheimer’s patients is mind boggling; it is estimated that it will cost $1 trillion in medical treatment and nursing home expenses.
The good news is that the Obama Administration is taking these statistics very seriously. It has begun developing the first National Alzheimer’s Plan. With a deadline of 2025, the national plan will focus on the factors impacting those affected and their families. Currently, Alzheimer’s patients receive treatment that only temporarily eases the symptoms. The goal of this plan is to ultimately find improved treatments including better day to day care. In addition, the national plan will focus on improving timely diagnosis as well as improve support and training for families.