Is there An Alzheimer’s Epidemic?

Posted on Feb 4 2015 - 12:09pm by Alexandra Ashton

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Lately there has been a significant progress in medical field. Even though we have seen the miracles that weren’t possible a decade ago, there are still a numerous diseases that need one. Can you even imagine how many diseases don’t have cure? One of these horrible diseases is Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia. Dementia is a term which describes a set of symptoms, which include memory loss and difficulties with thinking. Can you imagine how terrible would it be to forget everything that make your life special?

You would forget all of your accomplishments, all of your disappointments and all of the amazing things you have lived through in your life. This is hard to imagine, right? Unfortunately, this is the life of over than 500,000 people in the UK. Did you know that this horrible disease doesn’t affect only the individual but also their family and friends and even the economy? Financial cost of dementia to the UK is £26 billion per annum, and worldwide this number goes over £395 billion per annum.

Alzheimer’s is one of the most common diseases of the elderly people. Did you know that this horrible disease affects more women than men? 2 out of 3 people with Alzheimer’s are women and it is the first leading cause of death amongst women in the UK. Sad fact is that doctors even don’t know what causes it but they have narrowed down a few factors that may be responsible. These factors include aging, genetics, high blood pressure, lifestyle and couple of others. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but there are some treatments that can reduce certain symptoms and slow down the progression. This disease is starting to show characteristics of an epidemic which is why people need to understand it better. Read this interesting infographic to find out more about Alzheimer’s.

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Alexandra Ashton

Alexandra Ashton, Communications at Neomam Studios , the UK based Infographic Agency. Alexandra is a content and design enthusiast with a keen eye for detail.