The global prevalence of dementia has been estimated to be as high as 24 million, and is predicted to double every 20 years until at least 2040” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3405821/).
Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, but the risk of developing the disease increases with age.
Current research from the National Institute on Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease doubles every five years beyond age 65. As our population ages, the disease impacts a greater percentage of Americans.
The number of people age 65 and older will more than double between 2010 and 2050 to 88.5 million or 20 percent of the population; likewise, those 85 and older will rise three-fold, to 19 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
What do you think is causing the alarming rate of people suffering with this illness?