Alzheimer’s disease is very common in today’s world. More than five million people are currently living with this horrible disease. 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. In 2015, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. By mid-century, someone will develop this disease every 33 seconds. It is the sixth leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. While many other diseases are also very important, Alzheimer’s is one of the most progressive and fast-growing diseases in the world. Awareness needs to be brought to this terrible disease.
Due to the fact that Alzheimer’s is a terminal illness, progression is very fast. In the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s, a person can usually function independently still. They commonly get words and names confused. A person in this stage is often very forgetful. In the middle stage, the disease progressively worsens. A person usually gets aggressive. They are commonly confused in what the day or time is. The late stage is where the person requires full time care. They lose the ability to talk, walk, control their bodily functions, and much more. They become vulnerable to infection and other sicknesses. Because this disease is terminal, this is the stage where the person passes away.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. This disease needs to come to an end before it becomes even more prevalent. You can donate money or merely learn about the disease so you can educate others on it. For more information and ways that you can help support this cause, visit http://www.alz.org/. We need your help to end this disease.
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