Pennsylvania recently recognized November as National Alzheimer's Disease Month.
Brian Duke, secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, announced that November would be devoted to informing Pennsylvania residents and families in general about the disease, which is the nation's seventh-leading cause of death.
"Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that touches many Pennsylvanians," said Duke. "I am pleased that the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee is developing a plan that will help the commonwealth address this disease through increased emphasis on education and coordination of resources in order to provide support for those living with the disease and their caregivers."
Approximately 5.3 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Some of the common symptoms of Alzheimer's include short- and long-term memory loss, depression, mood swings, loss of inhibitions, social withdrawal and behavioral health issues.
Alzheimer's also affects people before they reach their 60s. Known as younger or early on-set Alzheimer’s, the condition affects about 4% of all Americans.