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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Preventable?

Every 65 seconds, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia in older adults. This progressive, memory-robbing disorder affects one in ten U.S. adults ages 65 and up, and one in three of those ages 85 and up. Globally, AD and other forms of dementia affect 47 million people — and this figure is expected to triple by 2050, unless a cure is discovered. The good news, however, is that AD and other forms of dementia may be preventable, according to new guidelines for risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).