With life expectancy increasing and taking into account that it affects a third of those over 85 years of age, Alzheimer’s disease could triple in 2050 if it is not cured beforehand, affecting more than one and a half million people in Spain , which would threaten to collapse the health system. This is the warning launched by the Pasqual Maragall Foundation on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, which It is celebrated every September 21, under the motto “A day to forget”.
The message emphasizes the will of the organization to erase this date from the calendar, which would mean that this neurodegenerative disease has already been cured. Research is advancing but a cure is still far away and the impact of dementia care is on the rise. Currently, it is estimated that Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases affect 900,000 people in Spainone in ten over 65 and a third of those over 85.
With this incidence and taking into account that life expectancy increases, Alzheimer’s disease could triple cases in 2050 if an effective cure is not found beforehand, exceeding one and a half million patients in Spain alone, which could lead to the collapse of the health and care systems, according to the predictions of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation.
This organization, which bears the name of the former Catalan president suffering from Alzheimer’s, has been working since 2008 to achieve scientific advances that allow the diagnosis of the disease as soon as possible, as well as to change the social consideration of this condition and to be at the side of the affected people, those who care for them and their families.