September is World Alzheimer's Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
Although our understanding of the pathology behind Alzheimer’s disease has increased dramatically in recent years, Alzheimer’s is the only one of the top 10 causes of death that currently cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Between 1998 and 2017, there were 146 attempts to bring new Alzheimer’s treatments to market, but just four successful approvals. These current medicines merely treat symptoms and not the underlying cause.
Americans living with Alzheimer’s, or mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s, could nearly triple from 5.7 million today to 15 million by 2060. Additional data project the cumulative total cost of Alzheimer’s disease between 2017 and 2030 will amount to $7.7 trillion—$3.2 trillion in health care costs and $4.5 trillion in the value of unpaid caregiving.