5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alzheimer’s Disease and How to Get Involved to Help



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Of the top 10 causes of death, it is the only one without a prevention, treatment or cure. This weekend a big walk in New Haven hopes to raise funds for research and everyone affected by the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the largest fundraising event of the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for the over 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., 74,000 of which are here in Connecticut. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place in New Haven, on September 25th. News8’s own Gil Simmons will be the emcee of the event.  Learn more about the walk by heading to www.alz.org/walk

5 things you don’t know about Alzheimer’s disease

  1. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death and of the top 10 there is no prevention, treatment or cure.
  2. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia.
  3. Alzheimer’s is the nation’s most expensive disease.
  4. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging it is a disease of the brain.
  5. People under the age of 65 get Alzheimer’s disease

10 Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking and writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

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