• Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.
  • 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.
  • Symptoms usually begin after age 60, but Alzheimer’s disease likely starts a decade or more before problems first appear.
  • Risk factors include aging, diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), smoking cigarettes, and a family history of dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s death rates increased 55% and the number of Alzheimer’s deaths at home increased from 14% to 25% while deaths in institutional settings decreased, from 1999 to 2014.
  • More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
  • Currently, there is no cure. There are pharmaceutical options for managing symptoms and care planning.

(Source: CDC)

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