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You Docs: Handling dementia: A caregiver’s guide

Around six million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to reach 15 million by 2060. In 2017, 47 million more had preclinical AD; they suffer neurodegeneration and/or amyloidosis, the beginnings of those amyloid tangles that are thought to (sometimes) characterize AD.

And around six million in the U.S. and Canada have a non-AD dementia that affects behavior and may cause apathy, disinhibition, personality changes and loss of executive function — that is, the ability to plan ahead and get organized — like Parkinson’s disease or primary progressive aphasia syndromes (affecting speech) or a form of dementia that can happen as a result of vascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes or idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH).

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