According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 6.5 million Americans ages 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. This number will only increase as the U.S. population 65 years old and older continues to grow. To better understand the impact of Alzheimer's, physicians and other medical professionals should stay up to date on the latest statistics. Here are five questions to test your knowledge on neurodegenerative disease.
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B. About 1 in 9 people ages 65 and older in the U.S. is living with Alzheimer's disease, according to this 2022 special report from the Alzheimer's Association. This percentage increases with age, though people younger than 65 can also develop Alzheimer's dementia.
C. According to the 2022 special report, four million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease are women. The risk of Alzheimer's increases with advancing age and, on average, women tend to live longer than men.
A. Alzheimer's disease kills more people in the U.S. than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. According to the report from the Alzheimer's Association, it is the fifth-leading cause of death among individuals ages 65 and older.
B. While the impact of COVID-19 on Alzheimer's and dementia mortality rates is still being assessed, in 2020, there were 44,729 more deaths from all dementias, including Alzheimer's, according to the special report. This is 17% more than expected.
A. In the absence of a medical breakthrough to prevent or slow Alzheimer's, if not outright cure the disease, the number of Americans ages 65 and older with Alzheimer's is projected to reach 12.7 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association 2022 report.
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