64 GoodLifeFamilyMag.com NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 When I first began researching this article I of course knew that Alzheimers was a devastating disease for which there is no cure however I did not have a true appreciation for how prevalent and wide-spread the problem is. Alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and it kills more people every year than breast cancer and prostate cancer com- bined. I also didnt fully grasp the distinction between dementia and Alzheimers not that surprising now that Ive learned that dementia is not a specific disease but a term that encompasses a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a persons ability to perform every day activities. A major reason people often confuse and interchange the two is that Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60 to 80 of all de- mentia cases. In spite of the pervasiveness of Alzheimers it is not a normal part of the aging process. N O V E M B E R I S A L Z H E I M E R S AWA R E N E S S M O N T H Alzheimers and Dementia Awareness by Melissa Chaiken Section Editor The Alzheimers Association warns that everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimers disease or dementia. That is quite an eye-open- ing statement. Further eye-opening is that among the top ten causes of death in the United States Alzheimers is the only one that cannot be prevented cured or slowed. goodTO KNOW Alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and it kills more people every year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.