According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds. Currently there are 5.3 million people in the country with the disease, and by 2025, that number is expected to increase to 7.1 million. Here are five other important facts about Alzheimer’s you might not know.
1. Alzheimer’s Disease is not age-specific. Of the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s today, an estimated 200,000 individuals are under age 65.
2. There are nearly twice as many women diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease than men: 3:2 million to 1.9 million.
3. Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death – more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
4. Lifestyle changes, such as physical and mental exercises and a healthy diet, can help slow late-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia.