Study: The number of people with dementia will double by 2060

Scientists have now found out that special computer learning programs can influence the development of dementia. (Image: Ocskay Mark / fotolia.com)

In the future there will be more and more people with dementia

Researchers have now published a study that looked more closely at rates of dementia. Based on the analysis of the data, the experts predicted that a sharp increase in the disease is to be feared by 2060.

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The scientists at the US Centers of Disease Control (CDC) found in their current study that in the future the number of people suffering from dementia could double by the year 2060. The doctors published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Alzheimer's & Dementia".

More and more elderly people are suffering from dementia these days. This leads to great costs for the health system. (Image: Ocskay Mark / fotolia.com)

Dementia diseases will double

According to the study, 1.6 percent of the American population, or approximately 5 million people, currently have dementia. That number is expected to rise to 3.3 percent of the population, or 13.9 million people, by 2060, the experts say. These predictions are largely due to the fact that the age of America's population continues to rise. By 2035, more people will be over 65 than there are adolescents under 18, the researchers explain.There is a dramatic increase in some population groups because, for example, people of color will make up a much larger percentage of the total population over the age of 65 in the future, say the doctors.

Black people's risk of dementia will increase six or seven times

By 2060, non-Caucasian populations are expected to make up 45 percent of all people over 65 years of age. While the number of white people with dementia will roughly double over time, the morbidity rate for people of color will increase six or seven times, according to the experts. The total number of people living with dementia today is fewer than the predicted number of African American and Hispanic people who will have dementia in 2060, the scientists add.

Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia

Age is the number one risk factor for developing dementia, but our race can also play an important role. Black people over the age of 65 have the highest rates of dementia at 13.8 percent. The rate for Hispanic people in the same age group is 12.2 percent. In white people, the rate is ten percent.

Do minorities in the US tend to be poorly cared for?

People of color are already facing a difficult situation in the US healthcare system. According to the authors of the study, minorities in the United States tend to receive less medical care than white people. With an increasing proportion of older African American people in the population, the demand for geriatric doctors will increase sharply. (as)

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