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alzheimer's disease, chronic illness, dementia, risk factors




Alzheimer's disease (AD) has become increasingly prevalent among adults in the United States, with the CDC estimating that AD affects 5.4 million people in the US. As a neurodegenerative disease, AD leads to life-threatening physical and cognitive effects for adults ages 65 and older. Many risk factors contribute to the possibility of an individual developing AD in the United States. Some of these risk factors an individual can somewhat control, including wellness choices and the quality of one's social relationships. Other factors are more challenging for an individual to control, such as one's genetic history and environmental factors like air pollution. The prevalence of AD ultimately results in high mortality and morbidity rates, substantial economic losses, and caregiver burden in the US. Considering that AD currently has no cure, nationwide efforts such as research into wellness programs may help alleviate this issue.