5 Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

Each year, health care professionals and researchers learn more and more about this disease that affects such a large portion of our elderly population. Below we have pulled 5 somewhat staggering facts about the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual report details the latest findings about Alzheimer’s and its affects on the population and the healthcare system. Below we have pulled 5 facts that Renaissance Assisted Living patrons and Members might be interested in knowing.

1. Just less than half of Americans over 85 suffer from Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Facts & Figures report estimates that 45% of American seniors 85 and older have Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, one in eight people 65 and over have Alzheimer’s disease. Among older adults, it is the leading cause of dementia.

2. Most people that have Alzheimer’s don’t know that they have the disease

The disease is particularly hard to detect in the early stages, many of those that suffer from the disease are not diagnosed. While we are making strides in detecting the disease earlier in patients, that also means that more people will be diagnosed with it.

3. Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent in women

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly ⅔ of Americans that suffer from the disease are women. It is important to understand that gender does not necessarily play a role in contracting the disease but women live longer than men and, therefore, have a higher likelihood of developing the disease later in life.

4. Symptoms of the disease can develop in people as young as age 30.

While most people think of Alzheimer’s disease as one that only affects the elderly, we have found cases in which people as young as their early 30’s start to develop symptoms. While there is still much to learn about the disease, it is believed that there is a genetic component to these cases.

5. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th-leading cause of death in the United States

“Alzheimer’s is becoming a more common cause of death as the populations of the U.S. and other countries age,” reports the Alzheimer’s Association. The rate of increase in Alzheimer’s disease comes from the efficiency we have had in decreasing the rate of death from other diseases earlier in life. As more of the population reaches an older age, the rate of Alzheimer’s is increasing.