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Alzheimer's Disease in the USA- Facts and Statistics

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Important Facts About Alzheimer's Disease
  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It affects slightly more women than men; it is most common on people aging over 65, it is not a normal part of aging and it worsens over time.
  • This disease has somehow established its infamous name in many countries particularly in America killing 83,494 people. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with this disease and 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2013 and it is said that this disease will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050
  • There is no single test that can be used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. It is a progressive condition, which means that it will continue to get worse as it develops.
  • There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, although medication is available that can slow down the development of the condition in some people.
What you can do to delay the onset of dementia?
  • Quit smoking
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet
  • Have regular health tests
  • Stay physically fit
  • Stay mentally active