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Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jun;10(3 Suppl):S105-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.04.011.

Alzheimer's Disease prevalence, costs, and prevention for military personnel and veterans.

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1
Medical and Scientific Relations Division, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, IL, USA.
2
Independent Science Writer, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
3
Public Policy and Advocacy Division, Alzheimer's Association, Washington, DC, USA.
4
Medical and Scientific Relations Division, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, IL, USA. Electronic address: mcarrillo@alz.org.

Abstract

By 2050, more than 13 million Americans of all ages are estimated to be living with Alzheimer's disease (AD), and the aggregate costs of care will swell to approximately $1.2 trillion. The rapidly climbing number of those affected with AD includes a growing population of aging military veterans affected who may have an added risk for the disease as a consequence of traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and/or service-related injuries. The increasing number of individuals, the long duration of disability, and the rising cost of care for AD and other dementia to our society are important public health challenges facing many older adults. These challenges are further compounded by a burgeoning military veteran population that is much younger, with an increased risk of AD and other dementia, and who may experience decades-long periods of disability and care. This outlook underscores the critical need for investments in research at the federal and international levels to accelerate the pace of progress in developing breakthrough discoveries that will change the trajectory of AD and related dementia.

KEYWORDS:

Alzheimer's disease; Healthcare costs; Military medicine; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Traumatic brain injury

PMID:
24924663
DOI:
10.1016/j.jalz.2014.04.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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