Is Dementia an Epidemic?


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Dementia is considered an epidemic because, as of 2015, there are no cures for the disease and one in three senior citizens of the United States will die with a form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association and WebMD. There are several forms of dementia, according to WebMD, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, mixed dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and normal pressure hydrocephalus.

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There are more than five million people living in the United States that have dementia and Alzheimer's disease is currently the "sixth leading cause of death in the United States" reports the Alzheimer's Association. The numbers of those with Alzheimer's disease grows each year and is estimated to continue to grow until a treatment is found.

For those who are worried about dementia within their families, doctors recommend paying attention to the common signs states Healthline. The most common sign of dementia is the memory trouble, but people with dementia also have trouble with focusing, reasoning, using language and communicating effectively. Those with dementia will also have different mood swings that could include personality changes such as depression or a change from being introverted to being extroverted. Another common symptom is when patients have trouble performing simple mundane tasks such as paying their bills.

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