It is estimated that as many as 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s and that in America 5.5 million people are living with this disease. Two-thirds of those who have Alzheimer’s are women. The rate of growth for Alzheimer’s is rapidly increasing, with estimates stating that by 2050, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s could grow to 16 million.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out simple tasks.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, scientists believe that gaining a better understanding of immune cells and inflammatory processes in the brain could be key to understanding Alzheimer’s mechanisms.