September 21st is Alzheimer’s day around the world. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior and affects millions of people. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and accounts for anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. The majority of people affected by Alzheimer’s is 65 or older, but it is not a disease just for older people. About 200,000 Americans who are under the age of 65 have early onset Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that will worsens over time. In the early stages, people may experience memory loss, but in later stages people lose the ability to hold a conversation, respond to their environment, and perform simple motor functions. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are treatments that can slow the progression of the disease.
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