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Alzheimer's: Little-Known Facts You Need to Know

Oct 13, 2017 by Tracy Kelley

Explore facts about Alzheimer's that everyone needs to know about.

Alzheimer's is a debilitating form of dementia that affects older adults. It causes issues with the brain, such as memory loss, confusion, and disorientation, until the disease affects the individual’s day-to-day life. As the Lakeland Walk to End Alzheimer's approaches—it’s October 21st—our time in the senior home care industry has taught us a lot about Alzheimer's. Arm yourself with knowledge and explore these little-known facts about Alzheimer's, below.

10 Little Known Facts About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's is a form of dementia that mainly affects the senior population. However, there's much more to this debilitating disease then is commonly known. Little-known facts, via Alzheimers.com, about Alzheimer's include:

  • Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
  • Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The most common early symptom of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned information.
  • While current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
  • Ninety percent of what we know about Alzheimer's has been discovered in the last 20 years. 
  • Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. 
  • 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • Since 2000, deaths from heart disease have decreased by 14%, but deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 89%.

At Comfort Keepers, everyone from the owner to each caregiver is encouraged to “Do a little BIG thing” to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Join us here at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Lake Hollingsworth on October 21st. For more information about our team at Comfort Keepers, click here, or call us at 863-292-6199.

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