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Alzheimer’s increases — worse than expected

The latest news shows that one of the most debilitating and costly illnesses is increasing even faster than expected.

Incidences of Alzheimer’s Disease are expected to double every 20 years, affecting nearly 66 million people in 2030, and more than 115 million people by 2050. That’s according to the Alzheimer’s Disease International’s 2009 World Alzheimer Report.

The growth is driven in part by longer life expectancies around the globe. Much of the increase in the disease is expected to occur in lower- and middle-income countries. By 2050, just over 70% of Alzheimer’s cases will be in such countries — in many cases, adding further stress to already struggling public health organizations and agencies.

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