Generation Alzheimer's: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers
Member: Alzheimer's Association
January 1, 2011
This year, the first baby boomers turn 65 — when the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease significantly increases. While Alzheimer’s is not normal aging, age is the greatest risk factor for the disease. This means baby boomers are its next target. With the first wave of baby boomers reaching age 65, there is an impending wave of new cases and new families that will have to face the devastating, deteriorating, debilitating and heartbreaking disease known as Alzheimer’s — a progressive and fatal brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.