Feb 6, 2015

7 Things You Can Learn About Alzheimer's from the Alzheimer's Association

The stated vision of the Alzheimer's Association - is a world without Alzheimer's.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Alzheimer's Association - information on Alzheimer's disease and dementia symptoms, diagnosis, stages, treatment, care and support resources.

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to - eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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You might find this information from the Alzheimer's Association useful and informative.

1. Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease

Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease: How a Treatment by 2025 Saves Lives and Dollars calculates that a treatment introduced in 2025 that delays the onset of Alzheimer's by five years would reduce the number of individuals affected by the disease by 5.7 million by mid-century and save all payers, including Medicare, Medicaid and families, more than $220 billion within the first five years.

The report reinforces the value of reaching the 2025 goal set by the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease under the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA). If the federal government were to invest $2 billion per year as recommended by the scientific community, then it would recoup its investment within the first three years after a treatment became available.

2. Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer's & Dementia

Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Younger-onset (also known as early-onset) Alzheimer's affects people younger than age 65. Up to 5 percent of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger-onset.

3. Alzheimer's Facts and Figures

Almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer's are women. Of the 5 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's in the United States, 3.2 million are women and 1.8 million are men. Download the Report.

4. Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's disease

There are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs, please see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.

5. Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer's is diagnosed through a complete medical assessment. If you or a loved one have concerns about memory loss or other symptoms of Alzheimer's or dementia, it is important to be evaluated by a physician.

6. Seven Stages of Alzheimer's

Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate. This seven-stage framework is based on a system developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine's Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center.

7. Alzheimer's Myths

It can be difficult to tell normal memory problems from memory problems that should be a cause for concern.

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