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Changing Faces of Cognitive Impairment in the U.S.: Detection Strategies for Underserved Communities

      Between 2015 and 2050, the U.S. population aged 65 years and older will nearly double in size, from 48 million to 88 million and with it, the number of older American adults with cognitive impairment will surge, challenging a healthcare system that is ill-equipped to meet their related health and social needs. More than 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease, the best known and most frequent form of cognitive impairment.
      • Hebert L.E.
      • Weuve J.
      • Scherr P.A.
      • Evans D.A.
      Alzheimer disease in the United States (2010–2050) estimated using the 2010 census.
      By 2050, this number may rise to more than 13 million people. Projecting current costs and standards of care forward, annual Medicare costs related to cognitive impairment inclusive of Alzheimer’s disease will exceed US$1 trillion.
      • Stefanacci R.G.
      The costs of Alzheimer’s disease and the value of effective therapies.
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