Preparing for the Dementia Tsunami

It’s no secret that mental health tends to decline as we age (Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc). Some is natural cognitive decline; some is disease with severe cognitive impairment due to diseases associated almost entirely with aging.

By 2020 there will be 43 million Americans over 65 and 15 million over 85 (double the figures of 1980). Almost certainly, we are facing an unprecedented number of mentally impaired citizens.

Hope for cures is not a strategy. What should we be doing to prepare to meet the needs of tens of millions of mentally impaired older citizens?

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Sharon A. Brangman, MD

Professor of Medicine<br>Division Chief, Geriatrics SUNY Upstate Medical University

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Meryl Comer

President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative

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Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD

Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair for Brain Health

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Guy Eakin, PhD

Vice President of Scientific Affairs, BrightFocus Foundation

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William Thies, PhD

Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association

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George Vradenburg

Chairman and Co-Founder of USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network and USAgainstAlzheimer’s