Nurse Recruitment: Increase in Alzheimer’s Disease Shows Increase Need for Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 4th, 2013

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to TRIPLE in the next 40 years, according to a new study.

“This increase is due to an aging baby boom generation,” Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD, a coauthor of the study and an assistant professor of medicine at Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, said in a news release. “It will place a huge burden on society, disabling more people who develop the disease, challenging their caregivers and straining medical and social safety nets.

The data was combined with U.S. death rates, education and current and future population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The researchers determined that the total number of people with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2050 is projected to be 13.8 million, up from 4.7 million in 2010. About 7 million of those with the disease would be 85 or older in 2050.

All of these projections should compel us to prepare for it. In anticipation for the looming nursing shortage, we need to increase nurse recruitment today.

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