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2. Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disorder that causes memory loss, personality changes, and loss of control over bodily functions, affects 5 million Americans, most over the age of 70.

Genetic predisposition account s for about 80 percent of the risk of developing the disease, but environmental factors such as diet and physical activity also have a role.

As Alzheimer’s progresses, loss of mental acuity happens in gradually unfolding stages. To learn about the symptoms of each stage, watch this video.

 

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