Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Triple

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --

If you don't already know someone living with Alzheimer's, chances are you will in the next few years. USC Education coordinator in the office of aging, Jan Merling says she's been focusing on long term care for two decades.

New studies suggest the amount of aging individuals who will be diagnosed with the brain deteriorating disease will triple if not quadruple in the next 20 to 30 years.

Merling says there is still no definitive reason for what sparks the disease, but says stress, environmental factors and diet may all play a role. But with adults living longer, and no cure, Merling says the oldest baby boomers who will turn 67 this year are the most likely to be diagnosed.

Merling says the biggest thing that can help right now, is education for both consumers and caregivers.

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