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The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: January 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Known by many as "the long goodbye," Alzheimer's disease is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. An estimated 5 million people in the United States are now living with Alzheimer's, and someone is diagnosed with the disease every 72 seconds.

Most people with Alzheimer's are age 65 or older, but at least 200,000 people under the age of 65 are also living with an early-onset form of the disease.

By the year 2030, the number of individuals with Alzheimer's could approach 8 million; if scientists can't find a way to cure or prevent Alzheimer's, this number could range between 11 million and 16 million by the year 2050.

Dementia is a broader term than Alzheimer's and refers to any brain syndrome resulting in problems with memory, orientation, judgment, executive functioning, and communication.

When individuals are diagnosed with mixed dementia, more than one disease process is causing the dementia.

For example, a person might have dementia due to both Alzheimer's and a stroke.


Alzheimers disease facts and figures. Alzheimer's Association. 2007. http://www.alz.org/national/documents/report_alzfactsfigures2007.pdf

Basics of Alzheimers disease: What it is and what you can do. Alzheimer's Association. 2005. http://www.alz.org/national/documents/brochure_basicsofalz_low.pdf

Journey to discovery: 2005-2006 progress report on Alzheimers disease. National Institutes of Health. 2007. http://www.nia.nih.gov/NR/rdonlyres/8726ED71-2A21-4054-8FCB-9184BACB3833/0/20062007_Progress_Report_on_Alzheimers_Disease.pdf

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