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Alzheimer’s Disease – Looking Beyond The Numbers

Alzheimer’s Disease – Looking Beyond The Numbers

There is an estimated 44 million people worldwide that currently have Alzheimer’s disease.

And unfortunately the situation is only going to get worse.

It is projected that the number of people living with dementia will double every 20 years.

According to the US Alzheimer’s Association every 67 seconds someone in the US develops the disease.

They also stated that Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States (and even thisĀ may be under reported as a cause of death given other complications that may be identified first as the cause of death).

The disease is mainly diagnosed when people are in their mid 60’s. Given our aging population, it is expected this will be a major problem for families as they try to care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and also be a major challenge for an already stretched healthcare system.

As intimidating as some of these numbers may be, understanding and appreciating what the disease does to a person and the impact it has on their life and those around them is something else.

The following 3 minute video does a very good job of describing Alzheimer’s disease and demonstrating what actually happens to someone’s brain and behaviour as the disease begins and progresses.

Maybe by better understanding the disease we might appreciate on a more personal level the impact this disease has on people’s lives and why it is so critical to invest in prevention and finding a cure now.

Looking beyond the big numbers, chances are someone we know (or even ourselves) will be impacted by this devastating disease.

As the Alzheimer’s Association says, “Everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s.”.

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