Alzheimer’s Epidemic to Air on CNN

by Lois Etienne on April 29, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia

The FACTS:

• Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older.

• Each day on average, 1,252 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

• There are almost 15 million unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers in the United States, usually family members.

• Alzheimer’s caregivers provide 17 billion hours of unpaid care, this healthcare service contribution to the country is worth almost $183 billion.

• The projected cost of Alzheimer’s disease care by 2050 — $1.1 Trillion

I don’t usually recommend TV programs but this is going to affect us all in some fashion before we leave this earth. On Sunday May 1st, CNN will air the first Larry King special, premiering at 8pm ET/PT and will be titled “Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic.” The one-hour special will look into Alzheimer’s disease, who gets it and why, the race to find effective treatments and a possible cure.

King will be joined by people who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease and will include interviews with former First Lady Laura Bush and California’s former First Lady and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver; actors Seth Rogen, and Angie Dickinson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens and son of President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan.

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