What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Scott Sjoberg is the sales manager at Gray Television in Leawood, Kansas. A University of Kansas journalism graduate, Scott Sjoberg is also a co-founder of Right at Home, which provides in-home care for people with Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is a neurological condition that progressively damages brain cells and causes brain shrinkage. This causes someone with Alzheimer’s to gradually lose key memory skills, which makes them struggle to remember things, have shorter attention spans, and find it hard to read, write, do simple math, and rationally organize their thoughts. An advanced Alzheimer’s patient cannot function independently due to the deterioration in their mental health.

The disease primarily affects adults over 65, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 5.6 million people in the US over 65 and 200,000 under 65 who have Alzheimer’s. The CDC further predicts that by 2060, there will be close to 14 million persons with Alzheimer’s because the number of cases of the disease doubles every five years. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. However, some medications can help manage the symptoms. Regular exercise can potentially halt the progression of Alzheimer’s.

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