A Few Surprising Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease
10/28/2015

In the United States, over 5 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, one in every nine people who are over the age of 65 suffer from the disease. With those numbers, it is becoming increasingly important that people be aware of the disease, its affects, risks and indications. In this post, we’d like to go over a few of the facts – some of which may surprise you – so that you can educate yourself and those close to you.

It is linked with a loss of smell

According to the National Institutes of Health, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may experience a dulled or lost ability to smell. As one of the disease’s early signs, it’s important to seek a professional medical opinion if a loved one begins having issues with their sense of smell.

Alzheimer’s affects more people every year

Every year, the number of people living with dementia grows. Some estimates claim that over 15 million Americans could be diagnosed by 2050, with over 135 million diagnosed worldwide. With these rising numbers, the demand for compassionate memory care will certainly grow, as well.

Women are at a higher risk

Almost twice as many women have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as men, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. More alarming, the disease progresses more quickly and causes critical symptoms earlier in women.

Education can lower the risk

According to the Mayo Clinic, you can greatly lower your chances of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s if you constantly seek to learn new things in your old age. New activities, such as cooking, playing instruments and knitting can help just as much as learning new languages and enrolling in classes.

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