Over 20% of Alzheimer’s sufferers in Iran under 60

TEHRAN, May 9 (MNA) – Managing director of Iran Alzheimer Association here on Saturday warned of increasing incidence of Alzheimer’s diseases in the country among those under the age of 60.

Unfortunately, 20% to 25% of about 400,000 Alzheimer’s sufferers in the country are aged less than 60 years old, Masumeh Salehi said.

The rate of Alzheimer’s sufferers in the world was predicted to rise 28 millions by the end of 2008, but the number was 7% higher than predicted, Salehi noted, adding that about 30 millions of the world population suffer from Alzheimer’s diseases now.

Recent studies showed that the number of Alzheimer’s sufferers would be doubled within the next two decades, Salehi said.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, and is degenerative and terminal disease, the managing director explained.

Memory loss, and inability to acquire new information, difficulties with language, executive functions, perception (agnosia), or execution of movements (apraxia), and finally complete loss of speech, aggressiveness, extreme apathy,  and exhaustion are among the more common results of the disease, Salehi added.

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