DEfining alzheimer DISEASE

Global Alzheimer Characterization Project

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In 2018, Alzheimer and other dementias will cost the United States over $277 BILLION. This is projected to rise to $1.1 TRILLION by 2050.


  • An estimated 5.7 million Americans currently have Alzheimer Disease.
  • Worldwide, nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer or a related dementia.
  • By 2025, the incidence of AD in the United States is estimated to increase by 29% for those over 65, from 5.7M to 7.1M, and by 2050 it will reach nearly 14M, barring medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease.
  • It’s the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that CANNOT BE PREVENTED, SLOWED OR CURED.


"Big problems demand big solutions. The human brain contains nearly 100 billion neurons of at least a thousand distinct varieties. Those nerve cells make at least 100 trillion connections. No single discovery, no one researcher, will be able to crack the brain's code. The next generation of neuroscience breakthroughs will emerge from collaboration among a range of disciplines, from physics and biology to nanoscience, computer science and engineering. All hands must be on deck."     -By PAUL G. ALLEN And  FRANCIS S. COLLINS, Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2013