Alzheimer’s is an incurable, progressive disease of the nervous system, most often in the form of dementia.

It was first described in 1906 by the German neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer.

Alzheimer’s disease interesting facts

1. Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for 50-70% of dementia cases.

2. It is estimated that 1 in 85 people worldwide will develop Alzheimer’s in 2050.

3. The course of the disease is different for each patient, so detection and treatment attempts are extremely difficult.

4. The average life expectancy of a patient with confirmed Alzheimer’s disease is 7 years.

5. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease of the 21st century. Annual expenses related to it exceed 240 billion dollars. It is estimated that in 2050 this amount will be 4 times higher.

6. Many famous people fell ill with Alzheimer’s, incl. President of the United States Ronald Reagan, Irish writer Iris Murdoch, footballer Ferenc Puskás, actress Rita Hayworth, actor Charlton Heston, writer Terry Pratchett.

7. Almost twice as many women suffer from Alzheimer’s disease than men.

8. A person with Alzheimer’s may lose their sense of smell.

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Alzheimer’s disease questions and answers

Why is it so hard to spot Alzheimer in time?

The early symptoms are often mistakenly confused with the natural aging process or stress.

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Can Alzheimer’s be cured?

It is an incurable disease. Currently, only its symptoms can be treated.

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What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

Genetic difference is responsible for 1-5% of cases. For the rest of the people, the cause is unknown.

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Why are women more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s?

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What Makes You More Likely to Get Alzheimer’s?

An inactive lifestyle, poor diet, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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How to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s?

The most important thing is to maintain high brain activity by, for example, solving crosswords, reading books, learning foreign languages, playing instruments.

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