Indiana Alzheimer's Cases And Costs Rise

Posted March 22, 2018

The investigators say the knowledge gained from this study not only helps to understand more about Alzheimer's disease, but other diseases characterized by the aggregation of tau as well.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that deaths from Alzheimer's increased by 55 percent between 1999 and 2014.

He said familial genes are a leading factor for early on-set Alzheimer's, but other health factors attributed to the disease at both early and late stages in life include less education, hearing loss, hypertension, obesity, smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes.

"Alzheimer's continues to be the sixth-leading cause of death in the state of Iowa and remains the only disease in the top 10 causes of death that can not be prevented, cured or even slowed".

Given the long duration of this disease, the strain on Alzheimer's caregivers can last several years and produce serious declines in caregiver physical, emotional and financial well-being.

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In 2017, more than 16 million Americans provided about 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care to Alzheimer's patients, worth $232 billion. Of that amount, $186 billion is the cost to Medicare and Medicaid, and $60 billion is for out-of-pocket costs, the report found.

Alzheimer's disease is among the most expensive illnesses in the U.S. There's no cure, no effective treatment and no easy fix for the skyrocketing financial cost of caring for an aging population.

An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The number is staggering, especially compared to how deaths from heart disease (which is the leading cause of death in the U.S.) have dropped by 11% in the same time frame.

The findings showed that the compound betanin in beetroot extract could eventually help slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process that is associated with Alzheimer's disease.

About one in three caregivers (34 percent) is age 65 or older. "The research with the iPSCs was really valuable, because we were able to ask questions about human neurons that we wouldn't be able to ask in living subjects", says Celeste Karch, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and one of the study's co- authors. Treatment of dementias and Alzheimer's disease costs the healthcare system $277 billion this year, the report finds.

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During the preclinical stage of the disease, people seem to be symptom-free but toxic changes are taking place in the brain.

People with Alzheimer's have a higher production rate of tau proteins than healthy individuals, according to a study published today (March 21) in Neuron.

In addition, costs are lower once a person with Alzheimer's gets on the right care path.

Total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias are projected to increase to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2018 dollars).

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