Alzheimer’s ‘Epidemic’ Hitting Minorities Hardest
Blacks, Hispanics at much higher risk for the illness, which carries huge price tag, report finds
By Steven Reinberg- HealthDay Reporter
Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and blacks and Hispanics are at highest risk of developing the disease, a new report finds.
The report, 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, from the Alzheimer’s Association, finds that black Americans are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites, and Hispanics face about 1.5 times the risk.
“Alzheimer’s is continuing to be on the rise,” said Maria Carrillo, the association’s senior director of medical and scientific relations. “So many people are affected by it across the country, but we are rallying to highlight the disparities that exist in populations,” she said.