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World Alzheimer's Day: Activities and checkups held for seniors

09-21-2010 14:17 BJT

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Tuesday marks this year's World Alzheimer's Day. Activities and checkups for seniors are being held to raise awareness of the brain disorder and its symptoms.

More than 35 million people in the world suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, or senile dementia. Nearly a third are in China. Alzheimer's is now the 4th killer of the elderly, after heart attacks, cancer and stroke. Contributing factors are high blood pressure, being overweight, and heart disease. People over 85 years old are most susceptible. Experts stress that early detection and treatment can reduce the risks. Keeping active, reading and a healthy diet are also recommended.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV

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