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Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press Medical Writer, published an article on that gives some eye-opening statistics.

Titled "Report: Over 5M Living With Alzheimer's," Neergaard mentions trials of nine drugs. She writes about the ironic truth that I often speak of in my talks -  we now have ways to help people cope with diseases that used to kill them, thus people live longer, which leaves them open to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Neergaard begins her article with:

"More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, a 10 percent increase since the last Alzheimer's Association estimate five years ago—and a count that supports the long-forecast dementia epidemic as the population grays.
Age is the biggest risk factor, and the report to be released Tuesday shows the nation is on track for skyrocketing Alzheimer's once the baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011. Already, one in eight people 65 and older have the mind-destroying illness, and nearly one in two people over 85."

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