Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of a group of brain diseases called dementias. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 40% to 75% of dementia cases. Other forms of dementia include vascular dementia, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease, like all dementias, gets worse over time and there is no known cure. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease destroys brain cells causing problems with memory, thinking, and behavior that can be severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies, and social life. Eventually, it can affect one’s ability to carry out routine daily activities. Today, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 years and older.
For more information, see www.alz.org