Alzheimers disease on the rise

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The Alzheimer’s Association said this week that there are now more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease. This figure includes 4.9 million people over the age of 65 and between 200,000 and 500,000 people under age 65 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This amounts to a 10 percent rise from the last national report that estimated the total to be 4.5 million. The report estimated that someone in America develops Alzheimer’s every 72 seconds, and by mid-century the rate will be every 33 seconds.