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June is National Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

 

June is National Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer's¹ is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer's disease is the most common of the many types of dementia. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned information because Alzheimer's changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer's advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers; more serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking. Everyone is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, and the condition is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease (also known as early-onset Alzheimer’s).  2/3 of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.  Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death in the top 10 killers that can’t be prevented, cured, or slowed. In 2015, 5.3 million people were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and this type of dementia is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.  The cost to care for the over 5 million people with Alzheimer’s in 2015 was $226 billion and half that cost was paid by Medicare.   Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death in the top 10 killers that can’t be prevented, cured, or slowed.

For Early detection of Alzheimer’s matters, Know the 10 warning signs³.

7 Facts about Alzheimer’s

  • Alzheimer’s is detected at the end-stage of the disease
  • Memory loss is not part of the normal aging process
  • Current Alzheimer’s drugs are not ineffective
  • Alzheimer’s disease can be treated.
  • There are many drugs in the Alzheimer’s treatment pipeline.
  • Taking good care of your heart will better keep your brain healthy
  • Managing risk factors may delay or prevent cognitive problems later in life.  

Resources:

  • ADEAR. Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center. U.S. National Institute on Aging.
    ADEAR maintains information on Alzheimer’s disease research, diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials and federal government programs and resources. AD Lib, ADEAR 's literature database, has nearly 8,500 materials related to Alzheimer's disease that includes fact sheets, textbook chapters, journal articles, brochures, teaching manuals, directories, videos and other media, bibliographies, program descriptions, monographs, newsletters and reports.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) Directory. National Institutes of Health.
    Alzheimer’s Disease Centers offer diagnosis and medical management; clinical research and drug trials; and information about the disease, services and resources.
  • Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI).
    ADI is an international membership group of Alzheimer's associations. The ADI site links to member association sites throughout the world. It also provides information in several languages, statistics on the number of people with dementia worldwide, and the implications for the distribution of research funding, especially in developing countries.

Note: The National Center for Health in Public Housing does not control or guarantee the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of this outside information.

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