For years, The Ivey has been preparing for a progressive increase in families needing support — and for good reason. A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease begins destroying the brain years before mental deterioration is detected. This finding means there could be twice the number of people with the neurodegenerative disease in the United States — and worldwide — as currently believed. In the study, cognitively normal individuals who had elevated levels of a toxic brain protein called amyloid experienced more rapid declines in thinking than those with normal levels. The study adds to evidence that Alzheimer’s actually begins years before symptoms appear. You can read the entire San Diego Union Tribune article HERE and the Keck School of Medicine of USC study HERE.