Sign the PETITION to Make Alzheimer’s Disease a National Priority
Seventy-two million baby boomers are coming of age when even slight memory lapses are a cause for concern. “Am I getting Alzheimer’s?” If you’ve been a caregiver for a loved one with dementia–particularly, Alzheimer’s, you know all too well the toll this places on you emotionally, mentally, financially, and even physically…not to mention the eventual loss of your loved one.
Over 28,000 people have signed the petition to the United States Congress to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority. The goal is 50,000. I signed the petition yesterday. Be one of the first 50,000 to sign by clicking on: Sign the petition [Link no longer available] to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority.
Clinical Trials–why you should consider participating in one
Finding participants to volunteer for clinical studies will ensure progress is made in determining the cause in order to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. My father was always eager to help if it meant making knowledge progress. We involved him in the third stage of trials for donepezil hydrochloride–better known as Aricept. Detailed information in: “Where’s my shoes?” My Father’s Walk through Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association has started a clinical trial matching service, called TrialMatch, for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
The service was introduced during the Alzheimer’s Association’s six-day International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease at the Hawai’i Convention Center last week.
It can be accessed at www.alz.org/trialmatch or by calling 800-272-3900.
Okay, maybe not quite. But initial studies show that intranasal dosing of insulin has a positive effect on the cognitive function of non-diabetic persons with Alzheimer’s. For more information, please click on: “Hot Topics” from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010 and scroll to the middle of the page for: Clinical Trial of Intranasal Insulin Shows Some Benefits in Alzheimer’s and MCI
Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Ride
Researchers are cycling from coast to capital to raise awareness and collect signatures on the Alzheimer’s disease petition. Can’t you just see researchers wearing white lab coats floating in the wind as they bike across our nation to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease? Thank you, researchers! Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Ride and cheer on the riders by offering your own comments online. They’ll be in Los Angeles, just south of The Caregiver’s Voice home office, tomorrow (July 22 at 11am).
Here’s my comment on their site: Brenda Avadian, MA (on 7.20.2010) :
Thank you for raising awareness of this disease which claimed my father and my aunt (on my mother’s side) and continues to claim millions worldwide. As more congressional members’ families are touched by this disease, they’ll feel firsthand the urgency of investing in research in order to prevent the bankruptcy of America’s healthcare system.
There you have it–four updates. Consider getting involved with a clinical trial and check out the insulin study. Sign the petition then cheer on the bike riders with a comment.
Brenda Avadian, MA