By 2040, caring for baby boomers with Alzheimer’s will consume a quarter of total Medicare spending

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that “over the next 35 years, about 28 million baby boomers will likely develop Alzheimer’s disease, and the annual bill for their care will balloon from $11.9 billion in 2020 to more than $328 billion in 2040.” This estimate is based upon research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Unless a treatment comes along that “could delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, the cost of caring for baby boomers with the disorder by 2040 will eat up a quarter of the nation’s total Medicare spending, researchers have estimated.”

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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