Letter from the Editor


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The numbers are almost as daunting as Alzheimer’s disease itself. Today, 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease. Every four seconds around the world, someone is diagnosed with dementia. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, there are 7.7 million new cases of dementia each year. If dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy, ranking between Turkey and Indonesia. If dementia care were a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue exceeding Wal-Mart at $414 billion. Already 58% of people with dementia live in developing countries, but by 2050 this number will rise to 71%. Furthermore, by 2050, the costs associated with Alzheimer’s are predicted to total $1.1 trillion (in today’s dollars). Costs to Medicare and Medicaid will…