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The Looming Alzheimer’s Epidemic: Population Aging and its Effects on Society and the Economy Jane A. Driver, MD, MPH Division of Aging, Brigham and Women’s.

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1 The Looming Alzheimer’s Epidemic: Population Aging and its Effects on Society and the Economy Jane A. Driver, MD, MPH Division of Aging, Brigham and Women’s Hospital VA Boston Healthcare System Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Catholic University of America April 24, 2013

2 The Looming Alzheimer’s Epidemic: Population Aging and its Effects on Society and the Economy Jane A. Driver, MD, MPH Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, VA Boston Healthcare System Division of Aging, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

3 A Passage to India








11 “Each human soul is worth more than the entire material universe.”-Thomas Aquinas.


13 What is Dementia? Chronic progressive disease of the brain – Global deterioration in intellect, including memory, learning, orientation, language, comprehension, judgment and comportment Most common causes – Alzheimer’s Disease – Vascular dementia




17 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease Stage 1: No impairment Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline (MCI) Stage 4: Moderate decline (Early AD- IADLs) Stage 5: Moderately severe (Moderate AD- ADLs) Stage 6: Severe decline (complete dependence) Stage 7: Very severe decline (nonverbal)


19 Grace O14E O14E

20 Types of Care for People with Dementia Informal care – Unpaid care provided by family and others Social care – Community care professionals, nursing home Medical care – Outpatient visits, medications, hospitalizations



23 Voxel-wise comparison to amyloid negative group

24 Treatment Trials- 2012 Bapinezumab- negative trials Solanezumab – 2 large phase III trials were negative – When results were combined, cognitive decline was slowed by 34% in those with the mildest symptoms – First evidence that a drug targeting B-amyloid might be useful for prevention

25 AD Prevention Trials Starting in 2013 Trial NamePatient PopulationDrug Being Tested A4 Trial- AD Cooperative Study 1000 patients aged 70-85 with positive florbetapir scans Solanezumab B-secretase inhibitor Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API) Presenilin mutation carriers in Columbia ApoE4 homozygotes 60-80 years old Crenezumab Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) Asymptomatic gene carriers Young Gantenerumab Solanezumab B-secretase inhibitor

26 Epidemiology of Dementia in the US 5.4 million Americans have AD; will triple by 2050 65 and older: 1 in 8; 85 and older: 1 in 2 2/3 of people with dementia are women Average life expectancy after AD diagnosis: 8y Annual cost of dementia care in 2011: 183 billion Estimated annual cost by 2050: 1.1 trillion Medicare spending on dementia will increase by 600% by 2050 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, 2011.

27 Mortality Rates for Common Diseases in the United States Source: Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures 2011 Report


29 Global Economic Impact of Dementia 0.5% of the world’s population has dementia Total worldwide estimated costs $604 billion in 2010 – 70% of costs occur in Western Europe and North America – 1% of the world’s gross domestic product By 2030 costs projected to increase by 85% World Alzheimer’s Report 2010: The Global Economic Impact of Dementia



32 Future Projections Currently only 6% of people with dementia in low or middle income countries live in NHs Set to expand rapidly due to – Increase in wages as countries develop – Rapid societal aging – Demographic and social changes that reduce availability of informal caregivers – Per-person costs of dementia care will increase

33 Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2009.

34 Speed of Population Aging Number of years for % of population aged 65 and over to rise from 7% to 14% Source: US Census Bureau, 2000

35 Urgent Need for Action Government must make dementia a health care priority and develop a plan to provide and finance dementia care Need to re-design health care systems to deal with chronic, age-related diseases Increase funding for research and prevention – Currently about 10% of that spent on cancer research Adequate support for family caregivers and care of vulnerable elderly

36 Dementia Awareness China Peru Dominican Republic Sri Lanka


38 Margaret Sanger "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." Women and the New Race "More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, Margaret Sanger (1879-1966)

39 Margaret Sanger Committed neo-Malthusian Overpopulation is the world’s biggest problem Contraception is the solution People who are unfit should not procreate – The poor, physically disabled, mentally disabled “Quality not quantity” New world order: birth control, population control, eugenic control Eugenic control + sexual libertinism

40 The Enemy: Female Fertility “Possible drastic and Spartan methods may be forced upon society if it continues complacently to encourage the chance and chaotic breeding that has resulted from our stupidly cruel sentimentalism.” Forced sterilization legalized by the U.S. supreme court in 1927 in Buck v. Bell. Margaret Sanger, The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda, Birth Control Review, October 1921.

41 Expenditure on Grant-Financed Development Activities of the United Nations System by Sector

42 Dark Days in India 1975-1977 Indira Gandhi suspended democracy for 21 months Her son Sanjay organized a nationwide compulsory sterilization campaign Mandated vasectomies or tubal ligations in families of 2 or more children Widespread fear and resistance Thousands were forcibly sterilized


44 Continued Coercion Forced sterilization is now recognized as a crime against humanity In 2004, Uttar Pradesh’s population policy called for 930,000 sterilizations, paid for by $360m from USAid. Shift from force to coercion Guns for sterilization – Shotgun=2 sterilizations – Revolver=5 sterilizations Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian, November 2004

45 Anti-U.S. mob attacks Hillary Clinton's convoy armed with eggs, paintballs and rocks in the Philippines. November 17, 2011

46 Human Population Growth

47 Population Growth 1775–2000



50 Japan’s Age Pyramid


52 Population Implosion A smaller younger population has to support a growing number of elderly people By 2035 even China will have a reversed age pyramid From 2000 to 2025, people above 65 will triple while those under 15 will increase by only 6%

53 China’s One Child Policy Has prevented more people than the US population Population will peak at 1.5 B at Within 15 years it will be short of 30 million brides The first country that will grow old before it grows rich


55 China


57 “No discussion of human capital can omit the influence of families on the knowledge, skills, values, and habits of their children and therefore on their present and future productivity.” -Becker (1992)  “The human development approach must tale full note of the robust role of the human capital, while at the same time retaining clarity about what the ends and means respectively are. What needs to be avoided is to see human beings as merely means of production and material prosperity.” -Sen (1998) Human Capital Nobel Laureates

58 Food for Thought How will countries that get old before they get rich care for their oldest members? Can government or hired caregivers replace the informal care formerly provided by larger families? What are the long term effects of rapid declines in birth rates on society and the economy? When will US development policy catch up with reality?

59 Dementia: The Unsung Heroes 15 million Americans provide 17 billion hours of unpaid care for people with dementia yearly The economic value of this care is $202.6 billion 80% of care at home is provided by family 63% of caregivers have high levels of emotional stress and 43% have high levels of physical stress 1/3 of caregivers report symptoms of depression Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, 2011.

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