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.
A study released last month from Merrill Lynch and AgeWave (“The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility and Financial Complexity”) examines the emotional, functional and financial implications of caregiving. While 7 out of 10 Americans turning age 65 today will need “care for prolonged periods” and 1 out of 5 likely to need care for more […]
I’m often asked if I specialize in elder law. Not only do I answer “yes”, I typically try to explain the reason for my answer. While there are many attorneys who claim to be elder law attorneys, certainly not all specialize in it. I believe an attorney who claims to specialize in elder law should […]
Alzheimer’s is a devastating chronic neurodegenerative disease. The progressive mental deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s impacts basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing and eventually leads to death. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s can be a challenge due to the lack of a specific test to identify it and also because many other diseases have similar symptoms including […]