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Number of Alzheimer’s Patients Could Triple by 2050

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most prevalent disabling mental health conditions affecting Americans. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5.4 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s, including one in eight older Americans. It’s the sixth leading cause of death and the only one that cannot be prevented or even slowed.

This disabling disease has been the subject of extensive research to develop preventative methods and search for a cure, but so far there are no proven treatments or solutions. When Alzheimer’s disease prevents an adult from performing substantial gainful activity, they may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Number of Alzheimer’s Patients Could Triple Within 40 Years

Recently, the Neurology medical journal published a study conducted by the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study reviewed the health information from 10,802 residents aged 65 and older in the Chicago area. Over an 18-year period, the participants were interviewed and assessed every three years for their mental health with a focus on the development of dementia.

Using the data collected from these participants and combining it with U.S. death rates and other information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the researchers found that the total number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia is predicted to be 13.8 million in 2050.

More Disabled Adults Means More Disability Claims

With the “baby boomer” generation reaching the age at which age-related diseases are more prone to cause disability, the number of Social Security disability claims may increase.

If you are seeking to file a Social Security disability claim for Alzheimer’s disease or any other disabling condition, filing a complete and well-documented claim is your best bet at avoiding unnecessary delays or denials. For help with your claim in Florida, Georgia, or Tennessee, contact Disability Help Group to speak with our dedicated Social Security disability claim assessment team. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.