More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, making it one of the costliest chronic diseases to society. Nearly one in every five Medicaid dollars is spent on treating Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or other dementias. By the year 2050, this cost to Medicare is projected to rise to one in every three dollars, unless an effective treatment is found.
Last week, an Alzheimer’s expert from MD Anderson Cancer Center held a free public seminar in Santa Fe to inform the public about the most current, and promising research on AD. KSFR’s Dennis Carrol attended the event and brings insights from Jim Ray, director of the research collaboration.