Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults and unfortunately has no cure. Although dementia is not considered to be a normal part of aging, most people who are afflicted are over 65 years old and 1 in 8 older Americans suffer from this disease. Alzheimer’s devastates individuals, families and communities world-wide.
World Alzheimer’s Day brings together people with the disease, their families and caregivers, leaders, medical professionals and media to focus on education, raising awareness and the need for more research. So show your support today – GO PURPLE, learn about Alzheimer’s and spread the word.
Some facts about Alzheimer’s1:
43% of people aged 85 and over have Alzheimer’s disease.
It is the fifth-leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
Early symptoms are difficulty remembering names and recent events, apathy and depression. Later symptoms include impaired judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.
The cause or causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not yet known. But it is believed to develop as a result of multiple factors rather than a single cause.
Nearly 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
61% of family caregivers rated the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high.
Currently there is no cure.
Do you know someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease? Do you care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease?
1 From Alzheimer’s Association ‘2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures’ report.