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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting up to 70% of all people with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease can be either sporadic or familial.

Sporadic Alzheimer’s disease can affect adults at any age, but usually occurs after age 65 and is the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease.

Familial Alzheimer’s disease is a very rare genetic condition, caused by a mutation in one of several genes. The presence of mutated genes means that the person will eventually develop Alzheimer’s disease, usually in their 40’s or 50’s.

The Lions Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) was launched in Perth, Western Australia, in 2016, after more than 10 years of fundraising from Lions clubs throughout Australia.

Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins

In 1907, German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, Dr Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer, published a paper on pre-senile dementia for the very first time, based on a patient study.

It wasn’t until 1910 that the condition became known as Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease and the most common form of dementia.

The condition starts slowly, worsening over time as it damages the brain and causes symptoms including memory impairment, confused thinking and behavioural changes.

Symptoms

Symptoms vary and the disease progresses at a different pace according to the individual and the areas of the brain affected. A person’s abilities may fluctuate from day to day, or even within the one day, becoming worse in times of stress, fatigue or ill-health.

  • Persistent and frequent memory difficulties, especially of recent events
  • Confusion or vagueness in everyday conversation
  • Personality and behavioural change
  • Diminished ability to perform even basic tasks

The facts

  • Alzheimer’s affects up to 70% of dementia patients
  • The cause of the disease still isn’t fully understood
  • About 70% of the risk is believed to be genetic
  • It mainly affects people over 65, although up to 5% of cases are early onset Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s can affect people of any age
  • 3 in 10 Australians over the age of 85 suffer from dementia
  • 244 Australians are diagnosed with dementia every day
  • 413,106 Australians currently live with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • 1,100,890 Australians will develop the disease by 2056 if we do not find a medical breakthrough.
  • 50% of residents in Australian Government subsidised aged care facilities have dementia
  • Worldwide, dementia affects about 47 million people
  • It’s estimated that dementia will cost Australia up to $15 billion in 2019
  • By 2056, this is expected to rise to $36 billion

Prevention

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Make sure you remain socially active
  • Get regular, uninterrupted sleep
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Quit smoking
  • Monitor and maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Try to reduce the amount of stress in your life

For further information, visit Lions Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Proceeds from Maggie’s Recipe for Life will be shared between the Maggie Beer Foundation and the Lions Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

Chairman: Leo McManus

0417 414 951

leomcman@bigpond.net.au

Secretary: Jenny Gill

0419 910 681

admin@lionsalzheimersfoundation.com.au

If an individual or a Lions Club wishes to make a donation to the Foundation, the details of the Account you can pay your donation into is as follows:

Account Name: Lions Alzheimer’s Foundation
Bank : Westpac Bank
BSB: 036-034
Account No. : 459-164

Also our mailing address is as follows:

The Secretary
Lions Alzheimer’s Foundation
P.O. Box 737
Nedlands WA 6909

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