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.