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As the baby boomer population ages, the variety of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will double by 2060, researchers report.

The study findings, which reveal cases of Alzheimer’s and moderate cognitive impairment going from 6 million this year to 15 million in four years, highlight the need to much better identify individuals with a brain-related disease, and to slow its development.

Medical researchers have identified that by 2060, about 5.7 million Americans will have moderate cognitive impairment and another 9.3 million will have full-blown Alzheimer’s. Of those with Alzheimer’s, about 4 million will need intensive care, such as that provided in an assisted living home or through home health care.

The scientists utilized details from big Alzheimer’s research studies to produce a computer model to estimate the variety of future Alzheimer’s cases.

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