SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are becoming more prevalent in the world, and researchers are far from finding a cure.
Health researchers from Alzheimer’s Disease International said nearly 47 million people live with dementia in the world now: that’s up from 35 million in 2009. Researchers said without a medical breakthrough, that number is likely to double every 20 years.
The Alzheimer’s Association of Western Massachusetts is helping to raise money, and awareness, of the disease to help fund research for medicine that could help. Program coordinator Vanessa Martinez told 22News that the disease isn’t just causing families heartache: it’s costing them money.
“It’s 226 billion that it costs the U.S. to try to help people with Alzheimer’s now, so by 2050, it’s going to go up by $1.1 trillion, so I think that’s another reason to participate,” Martinez said.
She said that through their annual Alzheimer’s walk in Holyoke, they can provide services for people with Alzheimer’s, as well as contribute money to help researchers find a cure.