Currently, there are no effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease that slow or halt the relentless progression of this devastating disorder.
Imagine a life where you don't recognize your loved ones and can't talk to them, where you can't take care of yourself and you slowly lose hold of faculties that make you the person you are. These are realities for patients afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
Early in Alzheimer's disease, patients have trouble making new memories, but older memories remain intact so a patient might be able to tell you about a school play that she was in 50 years ago, but can't remember what she had for breakfast. As the disease progresses, older memories fade as they can't remember the good times with parents, kids, grandkids such including graduations, births, careers, or school. Imagine not remembering when you first met your spouse, or saw your children walk for the first time. Cherished memories such as these make life worth living and they are robbed by Alzheimer's disease.
CONSIDER THE NUMBERS
Recent studies have shown the following stats and figures.
In 2017, over 5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050 that number will be close to 13 million.
About one third of senior-related deaths have dementia.
More than 250 million people alive today will develop Alzheimer's disease between now and 2050.
About one third of seniors >85 have Alzheimer's.