ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new international report reveals the staggering growth and costs of Alzheimer’s Disease care in the decades to come.
Stacy Tewlovasz, President of the Alzheimer’s Association’s St. Louis chapter, says the numbers truly are overwhelming.
“There are 36 million people worldwide that have Alzheimer’s Disease and five-plus million in the United States,” she explained. “When you hear the cost of care and you hear about $203 billion, by 2050 that will be $1.2 trillion. The numbers, people can’t even get their head around them they’re so large.”
The worst news, according to Tewlovasz, is that few solutions exist for those at risk of Alzheimer’s.
“There is currently not the ability to prevent, treat, or cure this disease so the reason the numbers continue to grow is because of that,” she said. “We are not making any progress towards that so the disease continues to grow at epidemic proportions and, in addition to, we add to that the growth of the baby boomers.”
One bright spot, Tewlovasz says, is taking place right here in St. Louis where Washington University researchers are beginning the first trial to prevent Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear.