Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alzheimer's Research, Population Growing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alzheimer's Research, Population Growing

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Byline: Genelle Thomas

Alzheimer's disease has received a lot of attention lately, and for good reason.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Alzheimer's affects between 2.4 and 4.5 million, depending on how it is measured. This number is sure to increase as our aging population continues to grow. It is expected that the number of people older than 65 will double to 72 million within the next 25 years, as reported by a 2005 Census Bureau report on aging.

Alzheimer's is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his or her family faces emotional and financial challenges, and must often make difficult decisions about long-term care.

The growing number of people with the disease as well as the cost associated with it makes it critical to find a cure.

While much is still not understood about Alzheimer's, progress in research is being made. Through research, new medications have been approved that treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's. …

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