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Dementia widespread, now affecting younger Americans

OKLAHOMA CITY – We’ve all seen someone who may have forgotten a meeting or seems confused at times but it is unlikely you would associate those symptoms with dementia.

However, experts say it is not a far-fetched idea.

More than 5 million people in the United States suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, which is actually a form of dementia.

Dementia not only strikes the elderly but it also hits people as young as 40-years-old.

It describes a group of symptoms that affect thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.

David Rotramel and his wife, Deana, stopped by our studios to talk about their day-to-day struggles with the disease.

Rotramel suffers from Lewy Bodies Dementia.

If you are interested in helping with dementia research, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting their annual Alzheimer’s Walk.

The walk is September 21 at 10 a.m.at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

You can sign up and donate online or donate the day of the walk