One Epidemic Is Killing Far More Than COVID-19

122,019 deaths in 2018 alone | 

Millions are panicking over a disease they are unlikely to get, and very likely to survive if they do get it. Meanwhile a far more catastrophic epidemic is killing 10,000 Americans per month …

March 11, 2020

MedPage Today – Nearly nine in 10 primary care physicians expect to see more patients with dementia in the next 5 years, and half say the medical profession is not prepared to meet this demand, new data from the Alzheimer’s Association showed.

While 82% of primary care physicians said they’re on the front lines of providing dementia care, not all are confident about caring for these patients, a survey commissioned by the association reported.

Nearly 40% said they were never or sometimes comfortable making an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis and 27% said they were never or sometimes comfortable answering patients’ questions about the disorders.

The survey findings were included as part of the annual facts and figures report published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Importantly, 50% of primary care physicians told us that the medical community as a whole is not ready to deal with the increase they’re expected to see in people with dementia between now and 2050,” said Keith Fargo, PhD, Alzheimer’s Association director of scientific programs.

These perspectives raise an alarm about current and future dementia care, Fargo told MedPage Today.

Currently, an estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 or older have Alzheimer’s dementia; 80% of these people are 75 and older. ”

The baby boom generation has already begun to reach age 65 and beyond; in fact, the oldest members of the baby boom generation turn age 74 in 2020,” Fargo said.

In the next 5 years, the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to reach 7.1 million, a 22% jump. Without breakthroughs to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s, that figure is estimated to climb to 13.8 million by 2050.

Death certificates recorded 122,019 deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in 2018, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of death among Americans 65 and older, Fargo noted … Read more.

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