Alzheimer's Fast Facts

What is Dementia?
Dementia is a decline in memory, communication, focus or other thinking skills severe enough to interfere with daily life.  Common types of Dementia are: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease.

Alzheimer's Disease:
b The 6th leading cause of death in the United States
b Accounts for up to 80% of all Dementia cases
b An estimated 5.4 million people live with Alzheimer's (1 in 8 older Americans), expected to triple by 2050
b Supported by 15 million unpaid caregivers
b 1 in 7 people with Alzheimer's disease live alone
b People live an average of 8 years after their symptoms become noticeable

What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells.  This damage interferes with the ability of the brain cells to communicate with each other, therefore impacts normal communication, thinking, behavior, and feelings.

Is There a Cure for Alzheimer's Disease?
This is the only cause of death in the U.S. with no cureNo treatment slows or stops its progression.  Since the year 2000, deaths from Alzheimer's have risen 66%, while deaths from other major diseases have dropped.  Physical fitness and diet are the areas of research in risk reduction and prevention.

How to Help:
The path to a cure is through increased research funding and increased participation in clinical studies.  These studies are urgently in need 50,000 volunteers.

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