Not as many people are aware, but every one of us is impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
Maybe the disease affects somebody we know – we’re all just a few degrees of separation away from someone suffering from the disease. We are all indirectly paying the bill as Alzheimer’s will cost our government $277 billion by the end of 2018, and that does not reflect informal care. Nationally, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed and 1 in 6 women age 65 and over develops Alzheimer’s. Over 450,000 Floridians have Alzheimer’s with approximately 40,000 of Southwest Floridians, and 1 in 8 persons over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s.
Researchers are working around the clock to expand on our knowledge. Many exciting studies are evaluating both diagnostic tools and treatments. Locally, the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida (NPRC) is conducting eight studies all dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). We are learning every day. The more we learn, the closer we get to new treatments. That is reason to hope.
Editor’s Note: Article submitted by Angel C. Duncan, Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida. For more information call the NPRC at 239- 939-7777.