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Where We Live
Wed December 21, 2011
The Age of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s is predicted to be the defining disease of the baby boom generation.
It’s an incurable brain disorder that destroys memory, as well as the ability to speak and function. It also slowly eats away at loved ones who serve as caregivers.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight Americans over the age of 65 already has the disease; over the age of 85, nearly one in two. As we reported on Where We Live in September, the number of people with Alzheimer's may triple by 2050.
Public Radio Station WBUR has completed a remarkable series of reports on this disease, called "Fade To Darkness: The Age of Alzheimer’s."
Today, Where We Live, we’ll present this series - which looks at the latest research, and explores whether sufficient funding and planning are in place to provide care for the millions yet to be afflicted.