Fifty million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. June is nationally recognized as a time to spread awareness of this disease and to take action.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease that can negatively affect memory, thinking and behavior, and can disrupt daily living. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, and most people with the disease get the diagnosis after age 65.
Researchers believe there is not a single cause for Alzheimer’s; however, the disease is likely influenced by risk factors, such as genetics, age, family history and evidence of a head injury. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are medications and alternative options that may help to treat symptoms, such as irritability, anxiety and depression. To learn more about Alzheimer’s please click here, or connect with your provider at the Community Health Center.