By Gail Sonnesso | Outer Banks Voice
An estimated 6.2 million Americans aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2021. Seventy-two percent are 75 or older. One in nine people aged 65 and older (11.3%) has Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. There are over 400 different types of dementia. The most common types are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Given those numbers, any hope for a cure or treatment is welcome. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday June 7 approved Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm — a decision with far-reaching implications for patients, clinicians, and others.