As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 younger than 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

By 2050, up to 16 million people will be afflicted with the disease.

Misconceptions and stigmas associated with Alzheimer’s disease are commonplace and significantly impact the care provided to people with Alzheimer’s disease, and their families.

The Alzheimer’s Association also notes that learning as much as you can is an important first step.

Check out some important facts about the disease.

To best enhance patient outcomes, the person living with Alzheimer’s requires individualized assessment, consistent support, evidence-based solutions and creative opportunities in collaboration with an interprofessional team.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease review our Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1: Trends in Diagnosis and Management and Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease courses.