UNDERSTANDING

I digress from our next chapter by following up on my previous post.


Everything I have learned is based on an early statement that I heard “the best defense against Alzheimer’s is to understand it”. I am still trying to do that very thing.


There is a lot of confusion about what dementia is or what it isn’t. As I have mentioned before, it’s a very long journey and each day presents us with new challenges and problems to deal with. Alzheimer’s disease is currently the number one cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the greatest cause of cognitive thinking loss in the United States. There at approximately 4 ½ million Americans with it. This number has doubled since the 1980s. By 2050, it is projected that there will be 11 to 16 million Americans with Alzheimer’s. Generally persons over 65 are stricken; however there is early-onset Alzheimer’s only at an earlier age. Ten percent of all Americans over age 65 are affected and by age 85 50 percent will be affected.


My next post will concentrate on the brain. Understanding the brain can help us understand Alzheimer’s.