Over the course of the week, headlines emerged announcing that Alzheimer’s disease is now considered the fastest-growing health threat in the United States. The news is in response to a report that was recently released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in collaboration with the University of Washington.
“Groups like the Alzheimer’s Association have been warning that the U.S. will have to cope with a tsunami of Alzheimer’s disease as the population ages,” explained the editors of an article published on the NBC News website. “A report last month projected that the number of patients with this untreatable form of dementia will triple in the next 40 years, to 13.8 million in 2050.”
Like the Alzheimer’s Association, we here at Freedom Home Care have always been proponents for planning ahead. We have faith that the health care industry as a whole will be ready to care for those increases. Undeniably, there is much work to do.
The comprehensive study spanned 187 countries, comparing various illnesses and causes of death. The team also took into account previous global surveys on illnesses to make their final determinations, which included AIDS and alcohol as the biggest threats for Russians and malnutrition for those living in Africa and Afghanistan, among others.