As life expectancies increase and a greater portion of our society lives in old age, the search for solutions to dementia are taking on a new urgency as families and the health care system cope with the emotional and financial toll of millions of cognitively-impaired Americans. 

On Sunday, the CBS new program "60 Minutes" put a spotlight on the researchers who are seeking ways to prevent the onset of the Alzheimer's, which afflicts roughly 1 percent of people by age 60 and nearly 40 percent of those who reach 85, according to one expert interviewed for the segment. 

"Alzheimer's disease has been called out by the World Health Organization as the coming pandemic of the West. We have to do something to put it behind us," explains Dr. Pierre Tariot of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix in the interview with CBS.  

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