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Memory loss can range from age-related impairment (a normal degree of forgetfulness) to several types of dementia (a loss of intellectual abilities, including memory, judgment, and abstract thinking).
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects approximately 5.3 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by the year 2030 as many as 7.7 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease if no effective prevention strategy or cure is found. By 2050 the number is projected to skyrocket to between 11 million and 16 million. Ten million baby boomers are expected to develop the disease.
Although Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible, memory impairment associated with other conditions, such as depression or thyroid problems, may be correctable. Recent research advances leading to improved treatments for Alzheimer’s disease offer reassuring news on that front as well.
If you or someone you care about has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, obtaining accurate information is an important part of the treatment plan.
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