There are an estimated 5.8 million people living with Alzheimer’s in America, and Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed Monday that his mother is now part of that statistic.
“But just as painful for me was the realization that the signs were there all along — I had just been overlooking them,” Dr. Oz tweeted after he revealed his mother's diagnosis.
Jared Paventi, chief communications officer for the Central New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, hopes Dr. Oz sharing his story will urge others to learn more about the disease, and how to recognize its onset.
“His transparency offers an opportunity to increase awareness and educate millions about this fatal and too common disease and its impact on families,” said Paventi.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers resources for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and their families.
“Our experts can speak in depth on what to do if you suspect you or a loved one is having memory problems and where to turn if you’re having problems as a caregiver,” Paventi added.
According to the Association, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.
For more information on Alzheimer’s and Dementia or to find support available locally, visit the CNY Alzheimer’s Association website.
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