Three Things that Raise Your Risk
1. Too Little Exercise-Not enough physical activity is the number one preventable factor that contributes to Alzheimer's Disease.
2. Depression: Depressed? Maybe it's time to seek treatment--15 percent of Alzheimer's cases may stem from depression.
3 Smoking: Need another reason not to smoke? Smoking accounts fro 11 percent of Alzheimer's cases.
In the U.S., there's about 5.4 million people with the disease, but barring a medical breakthrough, researchers estimate by 2050 that the number of people with Alzheimer's will grow to 16 million.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, and the most common form of dementia.
A person with AD will live an average of 8 years and as may as 20 years or more from the onset of symptoms.
U.S. society spends at east $172 billion a year in AD.
More than seven to ten people with Alzheimer's disease live an seven of ten people with Alzheimer's disease live at home. Almost 75% of the home care is provided by family and friends. The remainder is "paid" care costing an average of $12,500 per year. Families pay almost all of that out-of-pocket.
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