Alzheimer’s & Dementia

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In 2012, there were over 43 million people in the United States who were 65 or older. Of these people, about 5.2 million have Alzheimer’s disease – a type of dementia that impairs memory, thinking and behavior. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and costs over $200 billion annually. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that can be difficult to recognize initially. However, there are important warning signs to be aware of. These include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are treatment options to improve a person’s overall quality of life. If you have concerns that a friend or family member may be exhibiting some of these symptoms, please search our database to contact support. Also consider searching for a support group to learn more information.

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