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What is Alzheimers?

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.

  • It is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.

  • Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.

  • It can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.


How Alzheimer’s Changes the Brain

Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions

  • Trouble handling money and paying bills.

  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.

  • Decreased or poor judgment.

  • Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.

  • Changes in mood, personality, or behavior.


Alzheimer's Prevention

Alzheimer's disease is not a preventable condition. However, a number of lifestyle risk factors for Alzheimer's can be modified. Evidence suggests that changes in diet, exercise and habits — steps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease — may also lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that cause dementia. Heart-healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's include the following:

  • Exercising regularly

  • Eating a diet of fresh produce, healthy oils and foods low in saturated fat such as a Mediterranean diet

  • Following treatment guidelines to manage high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol

  • Asking your doctor for help to quit smoking if you smoke

-Mayo Clinic

Alzheimer's Fast Facts

  • More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million.

  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

  • In 2020, COVID-19 contributed to a 17% increase in Alzheimer's and dementia deaths.

  • In 2022, Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the nation $321 billion. By 2050, these costs could reach nearly $1 trillion.

  • More than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

  • In 2021, these caregivers provided more than 16 billion hours of care valued at nearly $272 billion.

  • Fewer than 1 in 5 Americans are familiar with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can be an early stage of Alzheimer's.

  • 90% of physicians say it's important to diagnose MCI due to Alzheimer's, but over half say they are not fully comfortable diagnosing it.

  • About one-third of people with MCI due to Alzheimer's disease develop dementia within 5 years of diagnosis.


About Alzheimer’s Disease (CDC)

Alzheimer’s Symptoms & Causes Mayo Clinic

Alzheimer's Facts & Figures (Alzheimer’s Association)

Alzheimers Clinical Trials

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