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« on: April 20, 2011, 04:06:49 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011, 12:12:23 PM »



A world without Alzheimer's.  Wow!  I hope it is possible and soon.  We need the cure yesterday.


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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2011, 04:57:48 PM »

Sandra Day O’Connor and Research Budgets
October 29th, 2010

Interesting Op-Ed piece in the New York Times yesterday by Sandra Day O’Connor, the Supreme Court Justice who retired to look after her husband, plus Stanley Prusiner, the director an institute of neurodegenereative diseases, and Ken Dychtwald, a psychologist and gerontologist.

The usual stats were called up about the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, the effect on the baby boomers, and the increasing financial burden this will impose on the country. But this stood out: “As things stand today, for each penny the National Institutes of Health spends on Alzheimer’s research, we spend more than $3.50 on caring for people with the condition.”

As the authors point out, “Experience has taught us that we cannot avoid Alzheimer’s disease by having regular medical checkups, by being involved in nourishing relationships or by going to the gym or filling in crossword puzzles. Ronald Reagan suffered the ravages of this disease for a decade despite the support of his loving family, the extraordinary stimulation of his work, his access to the best medical care and his high level of physical fitness. What’s needed are new medicines that attack the causes of the disease directly.”

Medical researchers have been working on dementia medications for decades, but few have been approved, and so far, “these can only slightly and temporarily modify symptoms like forgetfulness, disorientation and confusion. None actually slows the underlying neurodegeneration.”

Whereas the The National Institutes of Health spent over $10 billion on developing
AIDS medications—and still spends $3 billion a year on AIDS research—““Alzheimer’s, with five times as many victims, receives a mere $469 million.”

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2011, 12:26:25 PM »

http://caregiverrelief.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/284/
Caregiver Stress & Burnout: Can Lead To Tragic Events
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Today I want to share a grim story with you. If you watch the news it may have caught your eye. But I want to post it in its entirety here.  It may be that you are like Bobby, taking care of one or both parents with Alzheimer’s.  If you have been doing it a while then you may identify with Bobby quite a bit.  If you are a new caregivers, then let this be a cautionary tale. The point is caregiver stress is potent, and it sneaks up on you, and before you know it your whole life has changed and you are putting one foot in front of the other – day in and day out, and you have almost stopped asking yourself questions like: how did I get here?

The point is, there is a way out, there really is!  But you are going to have to open your mind to new information and take some NEW actions in your life. Please take a moment and read this article, and see how much of what Bobby was dealing with, you are dealing with too. I will have a little more information for you afterward:

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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2012, 10:51:42 AM »

A Parent's Love

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