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According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Dementia comes in different forms, but Alzheimer's is the most common type of memory loss that eventually interferes with an individual's daily life.
Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's include:
A disease most commonly found in older adults above 65, numbers of early onset Alzheimer's patients have been growing among adults below the age of 65. Today, over 44 million people are living with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Five million of those are American. Five percent have early onset Alzheimer's disease, and three-fourths of those living with Alzheimer's have not yet been diagnosed. This leaves many lacking medical attention, assistance, and programs they need.
Alzheimer's not only affects patients but also their loved ones and caregivers. An Alzheimer's diagnosis begins a series of emotional, medical, and financial hurdles; many shared by those caring for a patient. Unfortunately, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
Early diagnosis and intervention have improved the lives of many diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Raising awareness of the symptoms and signs of Alzheimer's, along with the options available for those who have it, will help many more get access to the information and help they need for quality of life for as long as possible.
The Alzheimer's Site is here to help by connecting you with information, while raising funds for promising research in the field. The more people who understand the early signs of Alzheimer's, the more we can work together to provide our loved ones with care, medical assistance, and programs that make for a better quality of life for both patient and caregiver.