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The growing epidemic in Alzheimer’s Disease

Broadcast date: 10/22/15

Although Alzheimer’s disease was first identified more than 100 years ago, and research has revealed a great deal about the devastating disease, much is yet to be discovered about how the disease can be prevented, slowed or stopped. 

Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million are projected to have the disease by the year 2050. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It is currently the 5th leading cause of death in California. And the economic cost is also staggering. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $214 billion in 2014, increasing to $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with experts with the Alzheimer's Association California Central Chapter, Sonya Laputz, Program and Outreach Manager, Jenny Molinar, MSW Intern, and Board Member Jeff Branco, as they discuss their important work to raise awareness of this devastating illness, advance research, expand policy efforts and provide care and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.