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Individuals with high Alzheimer’s risk may use attention to process, rather than suppress, distracting stimuli

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that damages a person’s ability to think, remember, and perform basic functions. According to the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer’s affects more than 6 million Americans, mostly ages 65 and older. Though the neurological damage from the disease is irreversible, its progression can be slowed by early interventions such as exercise and nutrition regimens. Thus, an early screening for Alzheimer’s risk can be vital in helping people manage and plan for their symptoms.