UW Soc 201Alzheimer's

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Sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States …

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… Fifth-leading cause of death for those 65 and older

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Approximately 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s

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Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s

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What is Alzheimer's?

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A disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells. Normal Brain Affected Brain

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Causes confusion

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Destroys ability to complete task of daily living

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Memory loss

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The Problem’s

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Symptoms are often mistaken as regular aging processes

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Disease starts out subtle, and symptoms can be easy to miss

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Gets worse with time and cannot be cured

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can have a negative impact on the health, employment, income, and financial security of many caregivers

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Found more frequently in minorities. Affects 10.5% African Americans. Affects 9.8% Hispanics. Affect 5.4% Caucasians.

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Total payments for health care, long-term care, and hospice are projected to increase from $200 billion in 2012 to $1.1 trillion in 2050.

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What can we do?

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Better overall health at a young age -Studies show that high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes are all linked to Alzheimer's prevalence

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More funding …

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.. for better research

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Education Educating people on the causes and effects of Alzheimer’s will help spread awareness

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U nless scientists develop new approaches to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s …

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…more than 15 million Americans could be living with the disease by 2050!

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Credits : Alexis Ford Scott Bowman Jessica Kurtzman Wei Chau Song: Gary Jules – Mad World

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