Artificial Intelligence will Augment Alzheimer and Dementia Detection & Early Risks Analysis
Healthcare costs are going to skyrocket and AD will be a big part of that. What can A.I. do to help?
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Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Current estimates are that about 5.8 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, including 5.6 million aged 65 and older and about 200,000 under age 65 with younger-onset Alzheimer's.
As many countries have aging populations, this number will increase very quickly in the 2020s and 2030s. If it’s around 1.8% of the total U.S. population today, in the future it could even much higher.
Worldwide, at least 50 million people are believed to be living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. According to the United Nations, that is more than the population of Colombia. If breakthroughs are not discovered, rates could exceed 152 million by 2050. That’s a tripling of cases in just 25 years.
Many of us will find ourselves taking care of relatives with various degrees of dementia and even Alzheimer’s and this impacts not only individuals, families and communities, but our healthcare system as a whole.
It’s not clear to me how we will pay for rising healthcare costs of the future. For example, In 2022, the estimated healthcare costs associated with AD treatment were $321 billion, with costs projected to exceed $1 trillion by 2050. This then becomes a social and healthcare problem of grave interest and sad realities. A.I. can help, but to what extent? Hit REPLY and share with me your experiences and opinions around this.
There’s a lot of progress around A.I. models at the intersection of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in recent years. I’ve tried my best to cover some of the breakthroughs as they happen, no matter how small.
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