By the numbers
- Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's Disease
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's Disease or another form of dementia
- Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60-80 percent of dementia cases. Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease usually develop slowly. It begins with difficulty remembering newly learned information and develops to become severe enough to interfere with daily life. Individuals with late-stage Alzheimer's Disease are no longer able to carry on a conversation or respond to their environment. The average life expectancy for an individual with Alzheimer's Disease is eight years after their symptoms become noticeable. However, survival can range depending on age and other health conditions. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's Disease, but there are drug and non-drug treatments available to temporarily slow both cognitive and behavioral symptoms.