One trillion dollars. That's the cost society will be paying by 2050 to treat Alzheimer's patients if current conditions remain unchanged.

So reported the Alzheimer's Association in a study, "Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease." The report says this staggering bill looming 35 years down the road can only be reduced by a dramatic increase in funding for Alzheimer's research and a consistent focus on understanding and curing the disease.

The association called for such an effort to identify an effective treatment for the disease by 2025.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.