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World Alzheimer’s Month – Attend Our Dialogue!

The US population is aging quickly.

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In 2000, an estimated 35 million people were age 65 and older. Researchers estimate that by 2030, over 70 million Americans will be age 65 or older, accounting for 1 in 5 Americans. More than 19 million Americans will be age 85 and older.

The outlook for older people is brighter than ever. The myth that older people always become inactive or experience great loss of mental and physical abilities is being dispelled as researchers identify some of the keys to successful aging.

At the same time, however, we are learning more about a tremendous threat to the health and well-being of all older Americans: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

In some respects, Alzheimer’s disease is still a mystery. There is much we still don’t know about why some people develop it and others don’t and how to treat or prevent it. But this mystery is steadily being unraveled and our knowledge is increasing every day.

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Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States overall and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression. Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.

While ambiguity about the underlying cause of death can make it difficult to determine how many people die from Alzheimer’s, there are no survivors. If you do not die from Alzheimer’s disease, you die with it. One in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

 

The brain has billions of neurons, each with an axon and many dendrites, to transfer messages.  Each neuron has a cell body, an axon, and many dendrites. Axons extend out from the cell body and transmit messages to other neurons. Dendrites also branch out from the cell body. They receive messages from the axons of other neurons.

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To stay healthy, neurons must carry out three jobs: communicating with each other, carrying out metabolic activities, and repairing themselves.

Dementia disrupts all three of these jobs.

 

Researchers are spending time trying to find strategies and pharmaceuticals to prevent, slow the progression, delay, and cure Dementia.

 

To learn more about all facets of this disease, please join us at our 7th Annual Dialogue regarding women and aging/Dementia. The event is free to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Women & Aging: The Impact of Dementia

Madison –         Madison Concourse Hotel

                             Thursday, October 10

                             8:00 am – 10:30 am

Register Now!

Milwaukee –    Italian Conference Center

                             Friday, October 11

                             8:00 am – 10:30 am

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