Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process

Star Staff

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. This is a good time to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the ways it affects individuals, their friends and families.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, according to a news release from The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC). Dementia is a brain condition that affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, but Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.

Most people living with Alzheimer’s disease are more than 65 years of age. However, people younger than age 65 can develop Alzheimer’s disease, but it is not common.

Scientists do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease. However, like other chronic conditions, it is probably a result of multiple factors. Controlling high blood pressure, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Talk to your doctor about memory loss.

Alzheimer’s disease-related deaths have increased over the past 16 years in every race, sex, and ethnicity category, and will most likely continue to increase as the population continues to age. For more information visit MMWR Study: Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease —United States, 1999-2014.