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  Recent studies show that the accumulation of beta amyloid plaques in the brain, a major mechanism thought to cause Alzheimer's disease (AD), could begin as early as 30 years before the first symptoms appear. As such, it is never too early to begin a preventative effort.

Current preventive strategies aim at reducing risk factors of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD) and could delay symptom onset by 3 or more years. Additionally, early detection and proper treatment of AD can slow symptom progression by another 2 to 5 years. For a typical individual who would first develop symptoms at age 74, prevention will push the onset of symptoms out to age 77 or older, and early detection and treatment will delay the onset of moderate dementia to between 88 and 91 years old. This approach means that it is possible to avoid spending your final years in a nursing home, to preserve your memories and abilities, and to live out your life with independence and dignity.

 

 
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