Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 10:37 PM

Could Alzheimer’s disease rob you of a healthy and peaceful retirement — or worse, send you to a nursing home to live out what should have been your “golden years”?

Odds are you could be at an increased risk for this fate. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight older Americans suffers from Alzheimer’s, now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.

And unfortunately, brain diseases that used to be seen in the elderly are now showing up in 50-year-olds — and sometimes as early as the 30s and 40s. What’s worse, doctors often erroneously dismiss the early stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders as “normal aging.”

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