Ten Quick Facts about Alzheimer’s

Each and every day, people in the United States and all over the world are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their lives and changed forever. With each year that passes, the number of people who develop the illness increases, and awareness needs to be spread. Although there is medication out there to help temporarily treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, people who have it experience both a physical and mental decline in their health every day. Individuals can live with Alzheimer’s for many years, depending on what stage of the illness they are in when they are diagnosed by their doctor. The following are ten quick facts to help you become more familiar with this devastated illness.
• Alzheimer’s in an irreversible disease.
• Each day, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with this illness.
• Alzheimer’s not only affects the person who has, but also the family.
• The overall economic impact on the United States is astonishing.
• Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death.
• 1 in 3 seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia.
• Alzheimer’s disease has three stages: mild, moderate and severe.
• More women than men have the disease.
• Early-onset Alzheimer’s can develop in people as young as the age of 30.
• An estimated 800,000 Americans with Alzheimer’s are living alone
Resources: http://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/about/understanding/facts.html



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