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Test Your Savvy on … Alzheimer’s Disease

Determine if the following statements are true or false. The correct answers appear below.

1.      Alzheimer’s disease is the only recognized type of dementia.

2.      A woman in her 60s has a greater lifetime risk for Alzheimer’s disease than she does for breast cancer.

3.      Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include the sudden onset of migraine headaches and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.

4.      In more advanced stages of the disease, people may experience hallucinations, delusions, impulsive behavior, and paranoia.

5.      Only adults older than age 60 can be affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Answers

1.      False. It is the most common type of dementia, but not the only one. Other types include vascular dementia, normal pressure hydrocephalus, and mixed dementia.

2.      True. A 65-year-old woman has about a one in five chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease and a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer.

3.      False. Symptoms include impaired judgment, vision issues, and difficulty finding the right words.

4.      True. People may also experience difficulty getting dressed—or performing other activities of daily living—and communicating.

5.      False. Early-onset Alzheimer’s affects people as young as age 30.

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