A new report released by the Alzheimer's Association entitled Generation Alzheimer's has stated that Alzheimer's disease will be a condition that affects an unprecedented number of baby boomers in the coming years.
As such, the organization is pushing for public policy initiatives, research, products and other services that can aid with Alzheimer's care. While many boomers may be currently tending to a senior with dementia, they may also start worrying about themselves.
The country is also expected to suffer from a financial burden related to assisted living costs and medical care, which emphasizes the need for new and innovative ways to help patients with dementia.
"When the federal government has been focused, committed and willing to put the necessary resources to work to confront a disease that poses a real public health threat to the nation - there has been great success," said Robert J.
Egge, vice president of Public Policy of the Alzheimer's Association. "In order to see the day where Alzheimer's is no longer a death sentence, we need to see that type of commitment with Alzheimer's."
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are currently 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease, with around one in eight baby boomers expected to develop it in the future.