U.S. surgeons general: Dementia is our top public health crisis

Over the span of more than 20 years and three presidents, as surgeons general we’ve confronted more than our fair share of devastating public health crises, from emerging infections like bird flu, SARS, the H1N1 pandemic, and Ebola, to the opioid crisis and national-preparedness issues like hurricanes and terrorist attacks.

All of them are tragic. Each caused governments and private organizations to rally to understand the threat, inform the public, develop solutions, and minimize the impact as much as possible on American families and the economy.

And as terrible as these crises are, yet another is now underway — the one resulting from dementia, or a loss of cognitive ability, whether caused by Alzheimer’s or another neurodegenerative disease. Its scale is unprecedented, and its numbers, already tragic, are growing rapidly.

Orlando Sentinel