The Obama administration is developing the first National Alzheimer’s Plan to develop effective ways to treat and prevent the mind-destroying illness by 2025. It was reported Tuesday that a committee of Alzheimer’s experts began a two-day summit at the White House to finalize the plan and offer advice to the President on how best to set the initiative in motion.
An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar dementias. It’s the sixth-leading killer, and is steadily growing as the population rapidly ages. By 2050, 13 million to 16 million Americans are projected to have Alzheimer’s, costing $1 trillion in medical and nursing home expenditures. The National Alzheimer’s Plan is set as a primary measure to hopefully develop a cure in the near future.