This site is about
Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia, and, more specifically,
What You Can Do to Help Protect
disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the
loss of memory and the progressive decline of cognitive
abilities. The slow progressive destruction of nerve cells in
the brain leads to Alzheimer's disease.
it is natural to lose a certain number of nerve cells as we
get older, the loss occurs much more rapidly in people
suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, the victim's
brain cannot function normally.
most cases, the exact cause or causes cannot yet be
WHAT ARE ITS
estimated 25-29 million people in the world suffer from some
form of dementia. Vascular dementia and
Alzheimer’s disease make up the vast majority of
disease is the 12th highest cause of death in the United
States and the 8th highest cause of death for people aged 65
Center for Health Statistics
the next century, experts estimate that Alzheimer’s disease
will be more prevalent than AIDS, cancer, and all
disease is the most common cause of dementia in elderly
the U.S., as many as 25% of people over 75 years of age have
Alzheimer’s disease…the disease affects as many as 47% of
people over the age of 85.
than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
disease…The health care costs are a staggering $100 billion
second most frequent cause of dementia is known as vascular
dementia. The condition is not a single disease but a group
of syndromes relating to different vascular
you know someone who suffers from dementia, you know that it
interferes with their ability to work, to participate in
usual social activities, and to engage in healthy
relationships with others.
is becoming increasingly common. And while you may be
familiar with its devastating effects, you may not know that certain life style
changes and simple, diet-related preventions may help protect
you and your loved ones.
can you do to increase your chances of avoiding
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