2011 marks the sixty-fifth birthday of the first people born into the generation known as the baby boomers, a massive group of babies born following World War II between the years of 1946 to 1964. As these seniors continue aging, they will become much more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. And with approximately 79 million baby boomers located within the US, the staggering increase of Alzheimer’s patients is estimated to overload the healthcare system and caregivers in the next twenty years. The statistics are overwhelming. Currently 1 in 8 people age 65 and older are estimated to develop Alzheimer’s. For the US boomer population alone, that means nearly 10 million of them will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the next twenty years (do the math yourself: 79 million divided by 8 equals 9.875 million), double the current number of US Alzheimer’s sufferers at 5.3 million. A boomer epidemic is indeed on the way. As the babies surged sixty-five years ago, so will the Alzheimer’s victims surge over the next twenty years. The question is whether or not we will be ready to care for these people physically, emotionally and financially.
I do not fall within the baby boomer generation, but my husband does. And I’ll be heading towards my golden years right after the boomers. For that reason, I will continue to do all that I can to support those searching for a cure by raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and donating financially.