“Hello, my name is Matthew.”
For most, this simple statement of fact can easily be committed to memory, but for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, something as simple as remembering a loved one’s name can be impossible. It’s confusing for sufferers and heartbreaking for their families.
Nearly 5.1 million Americans currently suffer from memory loss due to Alzheimer’s or dementia. While many associate the disease with getting older, roughly 500,000 people under the age of 65 have been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that by the year 2050, 88.5 million, or 20 percent of the total U.S. population, will have some form of dementia.
Up to this point, there has been no cure for Alzheimer’s or dementia outside of drug treatments that have helped patients with behavioral aspects of the disease. However, a recently discovered Alzheimer’s treatment could soon help reverse memory loss.