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Over the next 20 years, the percentage of Americans age 65 and older will rise from around 13 percent of the population to approximately 20 percent. Along with this increase, there will be a jump in the number of people with Alzheimer’s or related dementias (ADRDs). Estimates vary, but it’s been suggested that as many as 13.2 million Americans could be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease by 2050 – almost a three-fold increase from 4.5 million in 2000.
Eileen Beal covers this issue that touches every community and is important to every reporter covering aging and health.
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