Aging baby boomers are about to push Alzheimer's disease rates sky high

She had researched Alzheimer's disease and its effects on the brain for years, but it wasn't until her own mother's memory began to slip that Dr. Eva Feldman, a University of Michigan neurologist, truly grasped how devastating the disease is.

Margherita Feldman was 88 when she moved in June 2017 to the memory care unit of an assisted living home in Saline. And although her memory loss wasn't as acute as some of the other residents, it's when the cruelty of the disease — now the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States — and the scope of the America's Alzheimer's crisis became clear to her daughter.