An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease today, and an estimated 7.1 million Americans age 65 and older will have the disease by 2025. In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the country $203 billion in treatment costs alone, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The federal government has made treating and preventing the disease a priority. Encore recently spoke to Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, about the Institute’s search for a successful intervention and the impact of the sequester, the automatic spending cuts that took effect earlier this year.
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