Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

What is Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease, which attacks the brain and is the most common for of dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. This disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • 8 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
  • Two-thirds of those with the disease which is 3.4 million are women.
  • 1 out of every 8 American over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Every 68 second someone in America develop Alzheimer.
  • It is estimated that over 290 Billion spent on Alzheimer and dementia cure annually
  • There is still no proven medication to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

  • Memory loss that disrupt daily life, especially forgetting recently learned information
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationship
  • Ne problems with words in speaking and writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased steps or poor judgement. Changes in judgement or decision-making
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

What’s to Come

Over the past couple years, death involving Alzheimer’s disease have increase rapidly over time. One in three seniors die from it. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.  Because of the increase in the number of people over 65 years of age in the United State, the annual incidence of Alzheimer’s and other dementia is projected to double in 2050 and cost will rise to 1.1trillion.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there is no certain way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Because Alzheimer’s disease occurs late in life and there is such a long interval between symptoms and death, it is important to take preventable measures by learning about the disease and finding proper course in delaying the progression of the disease.

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