GENESEO, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2022 – As part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, every year in the month of November, people and organizations from across the United States come together in support of over six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
A progressive and deadly brain disease, Alzheimer’s has no cure and is not considered to be a part of normal, healthy aging. While there is no direct cause for the affliction, researchers believe that Alzheimer’s Disease is caused by buildup of misfolded proteins between nerve cells, which leads to brain damage. This damage is irreversible and typically begins decades before symptoms arise in the form of mild cognitive impairment.
Currently, there are over six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease with three million new cases diagnosed annually. As a result, the disease has a higher mortality rate than breast and prostate cancers combined. Alzheimer’s is most prevalent in women and black Americans.
While they may vary between patients, symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease often include memory loss, poor judgement leading to bad decisions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks, repeating questions, trouble handling money and paying bills, wandering or getting lost, losing of misplacing items, mood and personality changes, difficulty with language and increased anxiety and aggression.
Getting checked by your healthcare provider can help to determine if your symptoms are related to Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. Treatments for the ailment include medications, lifestyle management strategies or potentially clinical trials.
Learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease, symptoms, treatment options and more by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.