If you happen to be sitting in a crowd, take a look at the person sitting next to you. It may be a loved one, an acquaintance or a complete stranger. If the two of you were to live to the age of 85, studies show it is highly likely one of you will develop some form of dementia.
The statistics are staggering. At the age of 65, one of eight have dementia. For those seniors who are passing over the age of 65, one of three has some form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those diagnosed live an average of eight years but can live as long as 20. There is no cure, and the disease also is not just for those of older ages. Early-onset Alzheimer’s is currently affecting 200,000 Americans under the age of 65.
“We think at the rate this disease is growing that our children are not going to get away from this. Somebody in their life will have it. Our goal is to fund research to identify it, prevent it, stop it and cure it. Right now, we cannot,” said Sue Gross, education and family care specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association’s North Central Texas Chapter.
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