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Who is affected by Alzheimer's disease?

The risk of Alzheimer's rises steadily with age. One in eight people ages 65 and older is affected, and nearly half of those who live to age 85 have Alzheimer's.

Of course, Alzheimer's affects a far greater number of people, for it takes a toll on loved ones as well as those with the disease. With the graying of America, Alzheimer's disease is a growing national problem. Today, an estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's. If no effective treatment or means of prevention is found, that number could rise as high as 16 million by 2050.

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