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Local Alzheimer's chapter breaks down latest facts and figures report

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - The 2014 Facts and Figures from the Alzheimer's Association is largely focused on women. Two-thirds of people with Alzheimer's are women, most unpaid Alzheimer's caregivers are women, and after the age of 60, women are almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than breast cancer.

"Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging as many people think it is," said Chris Hofeldt.


Chris Hofeldt with the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter hopes this latest report gets more people talking about Alzheimer's disease.


It's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Here in iowa, it's the fifth leading cause of death. Iowa also has the third highest Alzheimer's death rate in the U.S.


"A lot of people just associate Alzheimer's with getting old, and it's more than that. It is a disease people get. By putting this out there, making people talk about it, and maybe if they see the signs in themselves or their loved ones make sure going to the doctor to get help," said Sally Timmer with the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter.


Timmer said a main sign of Alzheimer's disease is memory changes that disrupt your daily life.


"They might be at their desk and just freeze and sit there for an hour not knowing what to do," said Timmer.


Early detection is key, and the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter is here to help. The chapter offers information, care consultations, and even support groups.


You can join the fight to help end Alzheimer's by participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. Walks take place in September in Decorah, Dubuque, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls.

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