Alzheimer's Disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. The disease accelerate the shrinking of the brain and the two main regions affected are language and memory, which gradually gets destroyed. This makes problem solving and other cognitive skills increasingly difficult and affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.
As the disease progresses, the effect on the brain reduces the individual's ability to care for themselves and being able relate to others.
It's estimated 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia in 2015.
There are over 9.9 million new cases of dementia each year, implying one new case every 3.2 seconds.
58% of people with dementia live in low and middle income countries, but by 2050 this will rise to 68%.
The total estimated worldwide cost of dementia was US$818 billion in 2015.
- It is estimated 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's dementia.
- Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate combined.
- Since 2000 deaths from heart diseases decreased by 14% while death from Alzheimer's increased by 89%.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
- African people are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias.
- There are 156,000 persons over the age of 60 years living in Trinidad and Tobago, according to Statistics from the Central Statistical Office (CSO).
- By 2050 it's estimated a quarter of Caribbean people will be 60 and over, according to World Population Aging.
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Education and knowledge are key to understanding the disease. See the fact sheets below kindly provided by the Alzheimer Society of Canada
Risk factors for developing Dementia:
Getting a Diagnosis:
Treatments for Dementia:
Living with Dementia:
Progression of Alzheimer's Disease:
Caring for someone with Dementia:
Planning for the future:
Information for kids and teenagers:
Information for healthcare professionals:
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