Volunteering For An Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial

Warner, a clinical trial volunteer, describes his participation in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).

Caring for an Alzheimer's patient

A moving story of an 85 year-old man caring for his 75 year-old wife, who is an Alzheimer's patient.

The Face of Alzheimer's Disease

A daughter's perspective upon learning that her mother has Alzheimer's Disease.

Benefits of exercise for older adults supported by study

It's well-known that exercise is crucial for good health no matter how old you are.

Volunteering For An Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial
Caring for an Alzheimer's patient
The Face of Alzheimer's Disease
The Face of Alzheimer's Disease

Four Promising Alzheimer's Prevention Trials Now Recruiting Patients.

A4 Trial

Alzheimer’s-related brain changes take place years, even decades before symptoms appear. Scientists are hopeful that if they can intervene at the earliest possible stage, they may be able to stop or slow the progression of the disease. The A4 Study will see if researchers can prevent memory loss and possibly the progression to Alzheimer’s disease by treating older individuals who may be at higher risk .

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SNIFF

There is growing evidence that poor regulation of insulin may make it difficult for the brain to function optimally and may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s. The SNIFF study will help us find out whether a type of insulin, when administered as a nasal spray, can improve memory in adults with a mild memory impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.

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NCA&T Study

Alzheimer’s disease occurs more often in African Americans than in Caucasians. By studying many people with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at North Carolina A&T State University and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics hope to find genes (inherited material) that may cause Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans. The goals of this research study are to find the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease and to improve Alzheimer’s tests and treatments for African-Americans.

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EXERT Study

Exercise is has been proven helpful in maintaining physical function and reduce risk of a number of age-related medical conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This study will examine whether a year long program of supervised exercise can improve or slow age-related cognitive decline, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

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In the United States...

  • 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s—double the number since 1980.One million are African Americans
  • In 2012, direct costs of care for Alzheimer’s patient is estimated to be $200 billion. African Americans bear at least 30 percent of these costs despite being less than 14 percent of the U.S. population
  • 16 million are expected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050
  • 1 in 7 Alzheimer’s patients live alone, increasing risk for accidents, malnutrition and other problems
  • Sixth leading cause of death among all adults. It's the 4th leading cause of death for older African Americans
  • Research Pipeline: 312 therapies for Alzheimer’s disease are in clinical trials
  • Deaths due to Alzheimer’s are increasing, while mortality rates for cancer and heart disease are decreasing
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