Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Hearing Impairment: Highlighting Relevant Issues and Calling for Additional Research Oftentimes an article in a popular magazine (whether print or online) can bring an important topic to the forefront and provide entrée into the social and economic impact it may have on a regional or global basis. Such was the case in a timely article on Alzheimer’s disease (AD; ... Editorial
Editorial  |   June 01, 2007
Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Hearing Impairment: Highlighting Relevant Issues and Calling for Additional Research
 
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  • Anthony T. Cacace
    American Journal of Audiology
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Editorial
Editorial   |   June 01, 2007
Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Hearing Impairment: Highlighting Relevant Issues and Calling for Additional Research
American Journal of Audiology, June 2007, Vol. 16, 2-3. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2007/001)
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2007, Vol. 16, 2-3. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2007/001)
Oftentimes an article in a popular magazine (whether print or online) can bring an important topic to the forefront and provide entrée into the social and economic impact it may have on a regional or global basis. Such was the case in a timely article on Alzheimer’s disease (AD; see Dementia Care Costs Worldwide, 2007). While focused on economic issues, this piece was provocative, informative, and noteworthy, particularly for the lay public. The article provided up-to-date cost estimates of caring for individuals with AD and other forms of dementia: $76 billion in the United States and $315 billion worldwide. No doubt, these figures are conservative and probably represent just the tip of the iceberg. Other disturbing considerations indicate that the incidence of dementia is expected to more than double during the next 20 years, and therefore current research initiatives and clinical trials take on the utmost significance, since without an effective treatment or cure, this disease alone has potential to bankrupt the nation.
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