Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory, thinking, and behavior problems. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases. It is also the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s disease gets worse over time and eventually comes to a point where a person can no longer accomplish daily tasks. In the beginning, memory problems are mild, but as the disease progresses, patients become unaware of their environment and may no longer be able to carry on a conversation. Once their symptoms become noticeable, Alzheimer’s patients typically live an average of eight years, but can survive for as many as 20 years depending on other health factors.
The month of November provides the COPD community with a distinct time to come together with one voice and focus on increasing awareness of the disease. Across the country, organizations are conducting outreach and holding events to bring greater visibility to COPD and to encourage people to recognize its symptoms and get diagnosed and treated earlier.