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o Explain to patients who ask that the increase in Alzheimer's disease prevalence outlined in this report was predicted to occur by epidemiologists and demographic experts, on the basis of the rising occurrence of the disease with age and the "graying" of the U.S. population.

o Note that the prevalence estimates come from an extrapolation of 2003 data.

CHICAGO, March 20 -- More than five million older Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, a 10% increase in prevalence from just five years ago, according to an estimate commissioned by the Alzheimer's Association.

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