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Fast facts about Alzheimer’s disease:

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• It is a neurological disease which affects the brain causing irreversible dementia (decline in mental functioning).

• At the present time there is no single test that can determine whether a person has Alzheimer’s disease.

• The only definitive answer for diagnosis is available with a brain biopsy or autopsy.

• It generally affects people over 65 years of age.

• You are more likely to get it if there is a family history of the disease. In 5-10 per cent of all cases the disease is known to be entirely inherited.

• It affects both men and women but women are more affected than men.

• It is estimated that 43,000 people in B.C. suffer from some form of irreversible dementia. Of those 64 per cent have Alzheimer’s disease.

• By 2031 it is estimated that 750,000 will have some form of dementia, and 95,000 of those will live in B.C.

• At the present time the cause of the disease is unknown and there is no cure.

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