Top 5 Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is something often thought to be only an issue the elderly have to face, but it is actually a leading health concern for all people. 

What is Alzheimer’s? 

It is a progressive disease that affects the brain, affecting memory and critical cognition skills. 

Here are five Alzheimer’s disease facts everyone should know to help support the efforts of educating the public.

1. Half the people with Alzheimer’s don’t know they have it

Even though 5.7 million people have some form of dementia, about half of them don’t even know they have it. Most have not gotten a formal Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Early diagnosis is extremely important to monitor the progression of the disease.

2. Women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than men

Women actually have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Men only have a 1 in 11 chance. However, the stats are affected by the fact that women outlive men in general, which can account for more diagnoses.

3. Alzheimer’s symptoms don’t always show up only later in life

One of the more surprising Alzheimer’s facts is that symptoms of the disease can show up early in life. Symptoms can start showing up between the ages of 45 to 55, and even earlier for people with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

4. Almost half of the people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s.

The Facts and Figures report published by the Alzheimer’s Association states that 45 percent of people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s. The disease is the biggest to blame for instances of dementia in the United States.

5. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

Alzheimer’s disease is the number six leading cause of death in this country. Even though the disease itself is not often viewed as something that can cause death, it actually is.


If you are dealing with a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, or if you’re even only suspecting that they are, contact us today to learn more about GYC’s Alzheimer’s disease care services. 

GYC Senior Care’s founders are nurses that have extensive experience managing memory care facilities and giving Dementia and Alzheimer’s care training, including to GYC caregivers. You and your loved one will be in the best hands possible and will get the best support system. Contact us here.

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