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U.S. Life Expectancy Highest Ever

Just last week a friend and I were discussing a time in the early 1900's when the average U.S. life expectancy was 45. How amazing it is then, that the latest CDC report just announced the current life expectancy of 78 years for Americans!

This article by the New York Times summarizes some of the findings, though you can read the full report here.

This is a remarkable number, and one that owes much to medical advances over the last century. But it brings with it another set of challenges. We know that the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is age - simply growing older. Compound that with the large number of boomers who are growing into the higher risk age groups and we're looking at a very serious problem in coming years.

It's staggering then, to know that 60% of those with AD go undiagnosed in a primary care setting. We can and must radically decrease this number. You can screen yourself or a loved one here on this site, or go to a physician's office in person for medical testing. But do NOT delay.

The treatments and interventions for AD work best when diagnosed in the VERY EARLY stages. Do not put off screening and monitoring your brain health (do it regularly) - this is at least as important as screening your blood pressure, blood sugar and stats from other vital organs.

You don't have to grow old gracefully, but it is my hope that you can age with all your cognitive function intact!

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