In light of the looming pressures of Alzheimer's on the USA as it threatens to sicken 13.9 million people in the coming decades, the CDC is urging better, more localized research, support for caregivers.
World Alzheimer's Day, which is observed on September 21, is an worldwide campaign aimed at raising awareness and to challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer's. But as more people live longer, the numbers will inevitably go up.
Another obstacle is people's aversion to finding out whether they are at risk for developing Alzheimer's, Porsteinsson said.
The CDC projects that the number of white Americans with Alzheimer's disease will actually peak around 2050, then decline slightly to 7.06 million in 2060.
Associating memory loss such as Alzheimer's to the old is a misconceived notion, a myth in regards to mental illness.
"The U.S. population of persons aged 65 years and above is expected to double from 46.5 million in 2014 to 83.7 million by 2060, but some groups will increase much faster than others", the team wrote in their report, published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia.
But Paul Edwards, clinical director of the charity, reassures people these misconceptions are not true and an Alzheimer's diagnosis is not the end of the road.
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and our members around the world continue to face uphill challenges.
'Many people actually put off getting a diagnosis because they are anxious about having to immediately give up work or stop driving.
"Although the primary risk factor for ADRD [Alzheimer's disease and related dementias] is age, race and ethnicity is also an important demographic risk factor", the study notes. However, there are medications that can help reduce the symptoms to slow down the worsening of the disease. The signs include increasing memory loss, difficulty in performing familiar tasks, difficulty in conversing, disorientation of time and place, poor discriminating ability, problems in concentration or problems in keeping track of things, misplacing things, changes in mood and behaviour, trouble with images and spatial relationship, changes in behaviour by social withdrawal and difficulty in performing activities of daily life.
It is hard to predict just how many people will develop Alzheimer's, the most common cause of dementia. According to studies, someone develops Alzheimer's every 68 seconds.