Won’t it be great when a cure is discovered for Alzheimer’s? Think about the heartache and suffering which will be avoided with families no longer having to watch their loved ones slowly slip away. Unfortunately, we may be a long way from a cure being discovered. Despite years of research, not a single medicine has been shown to slow the disease’s progression; medications currently on the market only ameliorate some symptoms. Because of the poor track record of research on treating Alzheimer’s, a new approach has begun. According to a recent Newsweek article: “The New Offensive on Alzheimer’s Disease: Stop it Before it Starts”, an aggressive approach to prevent Alzheimer’s rather than treat it is taking hold and the results if successful, could be significant. If the onset of dementia can be pushed back by 5-10 years, “many more people would die of ballroom dancing instead of in nursing homes.” The consequences of failure could be equally significant with more than 5.4 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s – a figure that is expectedly to triple by 2050 with medical costs exceeding one trillion per year. Let’s pray that this new approach is successful.
According to a recent New York Times article: “You may not need another reason to retire early, but I’ll give you one anyway: It could lengthen your life.” That’s the conclusion of the article based on various research regarding the relationship between early retirement and longevity. In “The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer”, the […]
No one wants to face the prospect of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Yet ignoring potential warning signs is a serious mistake. The Alzheimer’s Association has released the “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” which can help a person determine whether a he or she should be examined by a physician or stop being a worry wart. […]
Kaiser Health News recently published a story regarding the impact of Alzheimer’s on ordinary people – particularly women in California. The article – “Postcard from California: Alzheimer’s ‘Looks Like Me, It Looks Like You’” – focuses on an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association that was part of an initiative to highlight the disease’s impact on […]