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KGMI special report: Battling Alzheimer’s

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KGMI special report: Battling Alzheimer’s

KGMI News Reporting
By Crystal King

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050.

In Washington State, according to the Alzheimer’s association there are over 110,000 people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s.

Although there is a lot of research into the cause of this brain wasting disease, Dr. Serge Lindner of Peach Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center for Senior Health says there is no cure or miracle drug.

He says the only thing proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s is living a healthy lifestyle, especially in you’re later years.

Play Dr. Serge Lindner on healthy living

Dr. Lindner says in battling Alzheimer’s, it’s best for families to work as a team.

Play Dr. Serge Lindner on community involvement

In Washington State over 300 people die every year due to Alzheimer’s.

That’s the fourth highest rate in America and the third leading cause of death in the state.