|About the Book|
Unbelievably, one out of ten people over the age of 65 have Alzheimers disease. In fact, in a recent statistic polls, almost 19 million Americans suffer one way or the other from this dreaded progressive disease. Alzheimers disease is considered the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2004. The death toll continues to rise every year. The disease is the third most costly in the U.S. Heart disease and cancer are the first and second most costly respectively. It is recorded that there 24 million people with dementia worldwide, the figure will more than double by 2040. Alzheimers information is important for individuals who may be at the first stages of this disease. However, it is also very important for friends, family and caregivers of people with Alzheimers disease to have enough Alzheimers information to be able to understand the process of the progression of the disease as well as what to expect and what is the best care and treatment for this. Alzheimers is an extremely debilitating disease. Presently, there are no known cures or treatment for this irreversible threat to a mature persons mental and personal health. Once a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, the duration and course of the disease will vary from five up to twenty years. There are currently five drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that can be used to treat Alzheimers. There is ongoing research done all the time to test the effectiveness of such medications since they do not serve as a cure-all for the disease.