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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

- Monday, November 05, 2012

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Ronald Reagan designated this month to provide us the opportunity to honor and support those living with Alzheimer's disease. Then, less than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer's; the number is expected to reach 16 million by the mid century, more than triple the current total. Alzheimer's is one form of dementia and there are approximately 170 different causes of dementia. The Alzheimer's Association uses this month to raise awareness of this disease and to bring attention to the importance of finding breakthroughs in diagnosis, prevention, treatments, and hopefully some day, a cure.

It has not yet been fully discovered what causes Alzheimer's disease. More than a half-million Americans with the early on-set of this disease are under the age of 65. Family history plays a key role. Scientists are also studying education, diet and environment to learn what roles they may play in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is a slow disease, which starts with mild memory loss and ends with severe brain damage. On average, patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's live from 8 to 10 years. No treatment can stop Alzheimer's disease, however, some drugs in the early and middle stages of the disease help prevent some symptoms from becoming worse for a limited time.

If you need Alzheimer’s care or assisted living in Greensboro, NC or elsewhere in NC or VA, contact Spring Arbor.

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