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Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common causes of death in the United States.
It starts with occasionally misplacing items and forgetting things. Then it progresses into confusion, inability to carry on a conversation, and not recognizing people. Alzheimer's disease is a thief. It attacks brain tissues, stealing the ability to remember and think.
Facts about Alzheimer's disease
Here are some facts about Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association:
- 5.7 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
- Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Alzheimer's kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
- Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's.
- The number of estimated Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's will be 14 million by the year 2050.
Most people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's are over the age of 60. However, it is estimated that five percent of the American population has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's as early as 40 years of age.
There are treatments to relieve symptoms and temporarily slow the disease, but there is no cure. If you are concerned about Alzheimer's disease, contact your physician.
For more information about Alzheimer's disease
- Alzheimer's Association
- BrightFocus Foundation
- Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation
Additional health and wellness information
If you're a Highmark member, you have access to a secure, members-only website that provides information about Alzheimer's disease. To access your Highmark member website, select the service region noted on your member ID card. After logging in, select the "Wellness" tab and type "Alzheimer's" in the search field.