Saying “Alzheimer’s disease” out loud can evoke an emotional response among many people.

Why is this so powerful? Most of us have one or more family members or friends who are afflicted with this cruel disease. The statistics are staggering. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and it contributes significantly to disability. From 2000 to 2015, death certificates show an increase of almost 125 percent naming Alzheimer’s as the cause of death.

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