Health: Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a powerful disease that affects over 5 million people in the United States. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and unbelievably, every 67 seconds, someone is diagnosed with the disease. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes several issues with thinking, memory, and behavior. Alzheimer’s actually causes the brain to shrink, and it is a progressive disease. This means it worsens over time. Although most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are age 65 and up, surprisingly, there is such thing as younger-onset for Alzheimer’s. This is when people develop the disease in their 40s or 50s. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80% of all dementia cases. The disease affects daily life for those who have it, and truly is a heartbreaking disease. As Alzheimer’s develops and worsens, the afflicted forget the names and faces of their own family and friends. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live for an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others. Many researchers and scientists are working feverishly to find a way to cure Alzheimer’s, or make it less prominent in today’s society.

 

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