A Health Need
There is clearly a tremendous need – and great urgency – to address the burdens of the aging brain and the morbidities it spawns, from cerebral decline to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias of aging.
A tremendous knowledge gap exists in diagnosing and treating other morbidities of aging, because we know so little about their basic biology and what causes brain functions to change.
In our lifetimes, one in three of us will fall victim to AD or a dementia of aging. While other causes of death have declined in the past decade, AD has risen an alarming 46% !
AD-related Medicare and Medicaid expenses were $150 billion in 2014, making it our greatest healthcare cost – greater than cancer or heart disease. No patient diagnosed with AD has ever recovered, and no effective disease-modifying therapies have been developed.