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Today is World Alzheimer's Day

Every 71 Seconds Someone Develops Alzheimer's

Be A Part of The Cure

World Alzheimer's Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer's organizations concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. At the moment, Alzheimer's is progressive and irreversible.

Today, it is estimated that about five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and about 360,000 people are newly diagnosed every year. Alzheimer's affects about 10 percent of people ages 65 and up, and the prevalence doubles roughly every 10 years after age 65. Half of the population ages 85 and up may have Alzheimer's.

Because the population of the U.S. is aging, the number of people with Alzheimer's will continue to rise unless something can be done to stem the rise.

Organizations and Resources:

National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation

Comments (1)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, thank you for this reminder post. My hope is that today millions in our country and around the world will become more aware of Alzheimer's Disease and that this increased knowledge will promote involvement, education and increased financial support and contributions to further medical research.

Great post!

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