Narrator: This is Science Today. In the years to come, there is going to be a big rise in the elderly population and with that, an increase in Alzheimer's Disease. Because of this, Dr. Lennart Muckez of the University of California, San Francisco says there should be more public demand for research on Alzheimer's.
Mucke: AIDS research is a wonderful example of how the public can actually help drive discovery and research and I would very much hope that one could see somthing of a similiar nature for this disease that affects the aging population.
Narrator: Often times, Mucke says the public tends to be more concerned about diseases afflicting younger populations.
Mucke: With more and more people living into the eighties and nineties, one has to realize that when one is forty-five, one still has the other half of one's life ahead and you want to live that life decently and with all your mental faculties.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.