What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that erases memory and other necessary mental functions. It is a common form of dementia that interferes with daily life and requires a medical diagnosis. It starts out slowly and worsens over time causing loss of bodily functions such as motivation, self-care, and other behavioral issues. Although, the speed of the progression may vary by the time of diagnosis people generally have three to nine years.
10 Facts About Alzheimer's
1. Alzheimer's has no current cure, but many are working on medicines that help slow down the disease.
2. Alzheimer’s worsens over time and it can take many years to debilitate a person.
3. Alzheimer’s initial symptoms are often misunderstood for normal aging.
4. About 5 million people in the world are living with Alzheimer’s.
5. About 1-in-4 people who have Alzheimer’s have been diagnosed.
6. 70% of Alzheimer's cases are said to be genetic.
7. Most Alzheimer’s patients are over the age of 65.
8. In developed countries, Alzheimer's is one of the most costly diseases.
9. 4-5% of cases are early-onset Alzheimer's.
10. 1 in 3 senior citizens die from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.