(WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s a huge problem in the United States and is growing every year.
The special Senate Committee on Aging is holding a hearing on Alzheimer’s in Washington Tuesday morning.
They are looking for early detection, new treatments, and even a cure.
The Centers for Disease Control says the number of people with dementia has doubled since the year 2000.
Lackawanna County native and Executive Director of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Clay Jacobs says many younger victims of the disease are underserved. Jacobs testified before the hearing.
“Currently 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and without significant action, nearly 14, 000, 00 will have it by 20-50. More than 60-Million unpaid caregivers are supporting and caring for these individuals at a cost of 234-billion dollars. “
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey — who is a senior member of the committee — says families of Alzheimer’s victims are devastated by the disease.