MYRTLE BEACH SC (WMBF) – Alzheimer's organizations around the world are concentrating their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia on World Alzheimer's Day, Monday September 21.
According to an article from Fisher Center for Alzheimers, every 68 seconds someone develops Alzheimers disease, and experts believe the number of those with Alzheimer's will quadruple to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.
Alzheimers is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility.
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center said, the disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After she died, he examined her brain and found many abnormal clumps (now called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (now called neurofibrillary, or tau, tangles).