Experts say Alzheimer's rates will triple by 2050 without better treatments
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Heath care experts are saying the number of people with Alzheimer's will triple by 2050 if better treatments aren't found.
Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. But while the rate of heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans, is declining, Alzheimer's rates are on the rise.
The Alzheimer's Association reports that the physical and emotional impacts of caregiving resulted in more than $10 billion worth of health care last year alone.
Experts recommend having a conversation with elderly loved ones while they are still coherent to see if they are interested in treatment if diagnosed.