Alzheimer's disease widely misunderstood, experts say

By WEEK Producer

June 19, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM CDT

At least 44 million people across the world suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, but a new survey reveals the condition is widely misunderstood.

Nearly 60 percent of people mistakenly believe Alzheimer’s is a typical part of aging while 40 percent think the disease is not fatal.

Experts say unless something changes, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diseases will affect 76 million people by the year 2030.

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