Uncommon Facts regarding Alzheimer’s

 
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There are several basic facts regarding memory care and Alzheimer’s that most individuals are aware of. There are some facts, however, that are not discussed readily or that may be considered uncommon facts regarding Alzheimer’s disease. The following are a few of these facts that people should be aware of and to take into consideration when a loved one or family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Alzheimer’s related issues.

Staggering Numbers

Each year the Alzheimer’s Association releases a disease in fact figures report to not only the Surgeon General, but also to the United States as a whole. In the most recent fact and figures report by the Alzheimer’s Association, it was estimated that 45% of seniors over the age of 85 suffer from Alzheimer’s or a form of memory loss. One in eight individuals over the age of 65 suffers directly from Alzheimer’s. This is a staggering number that is increasing each year. For this reason, many Alzheimer’s Association groups around the world are trying to find methods of either caring for Alzheimer’s patients in better ways or offering prevention options to help reduce the number of baby boomers who may be entering Alzheimer’s related age groups.

Women Versus Men

Another uncommon facts regarding Alzheimer’s is the amount of women versus men who have the disease. Several statistical reports have shown that two thirds or more of women suffer from Alzheimer’s than men. There has been no direct correlation to why more women are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. However, many organizations are trying to find a and how this can be reduced over the next few years. Though a predisposition based on gender has been ruled out, other statistics suggest that this may be an environmental issue or may be an issue developed through the particular age group.

Younger Onset

It was believed for many years that early onset of Alzheimer’s occurred after the age of 60. In recent years, that age lowered to 50. However, in recent studies by the Alzheimer’s Association the age for younger onset can be as young as 30. In fact, up to 5% of those individuals who are currently having early onset issues with Alzheimer’s are in their early to mid-30s. Though a cause has not been determined, there are several studies that are working to prevent the issue and determine why the onset has dropped from age 50 to age 30. It is also believed that this may be a genetic issue, however many organizations still believe it is an environmental issue.

There are developments being made each day with various Alzheimer’s, memory loss and dementia organizations. These developments are working to not only prevent Alzheimer’s but to also figure out what the cause of early onset Alzheimer’s is and what the cause of Alzheimer’s as a whole is. Prevention methods such as the Mediterranean diet are being used in several assisted-living communities, however, this has not taken hold in many areas. The Alzheimer’s Association is working to spread news about these issues and help to prevent further issues from occurring.