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 USA Today article (“Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows”), researchers at Temple University’s Katz School of Medicine have shown that extra virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studying two groups of mice […]
A non-invasive eye scan may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms occur. Neuroscience investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California were able to detect toxic proteins in the retina – located in the back of the eye – which are indicative of Alzheimer’s. Cedars-Sinai called the finding “a major advancement” in identifying […]
America has a shortage of home care workers that will only get worse over time as our population ages. Here is an interesting article from Forbes that offers a potential solution: