Alzheimer’s Disease, Those are Two Scary Words

You spend the first half of your life learning everything and you spend the last half forgetting it all
-Art Bulinski

Alzheimer’s Disease was named after Alois Alzheimer. He was a German psychiatrist and pathologist. There are about 30 million people worldwide with AD. It usually starts around 65 years old. However, about 5% of AD starts as “early onset Alzheimer’s.” About 6% of the population will develop AD. It is one of the most costly diseases in developed countries due to the length of the years one has the disease before they die. The first symptom a person usually develops is short-term memory loss, which shows up as difficulty remembering recently learned facts and the inability to acquire new information.

Gee whiz, that sounds like me and most of my friends…

-Wit

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