Warning: An Alzheimer’s Tsunami is Coming and We Must Prepare

That’s the message from Andrew Tisch, chairman of Loews Corporation, co-founder of the political reform group No Labels, and Vice Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

In a recent article, Mr. Tisch describes how we are unprepared for the enormous costs we will soon be facing from a huge upswing in our aging population and the resulting number of
Alzheimer’s patients.

As he points out, in 2010 there were 11.4 million Americans over the age of 80. By the year
2050, due to the power of modern medicine, there will be over 32 million. But amid that laudable success is a glaring problem: One in two people who reach their 80s will get Alzheimer’s, and the American health care system isn’