AN ESTIMATED 5.8 MILLION PEOPLE ARE LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
Of this population, about 5.6 million people are age 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible disease that slowly but severely impacts memory and cognitive skills, eventually impacting the ability to carry out simple tasks like speaking and walking.
Dementia is defined as the loss of cognitive functioning. This includes memory, thinking, judgement, and reasoning to where it interferes with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, anyone experiencing dementia-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Do you have difficulty remembering new information? Have you experienced severe memory loss? Do you have symptoms of disorientation and mood and behavior changes that have become increasingly worse? Do you have deep confusion about events, time and place? Do you have difficulty speaking, swallowing or walking?