Alzheimers breakthroughs offer false promise for those currently suffering

Peter Savodnik wrote a touching and informative long read in The Guardian about how chasing after clinical trials in the hopes of finding a magic bullet to cure his father’s Alzheimers. Finally Savodnik had to come to the disheartening realization that there was nothing that could be done to abate his father’s worsening mental condition. It’s not that the clinical trials were selling snake oil, in fact, many of them showed great promise. It’s that they were trials. Just steps on the extremely long and arduous staircase to scientific discovery. None of them were going to cure his father’s Alzheimers today, tomorrow or next year. Savodnik had to stop looking at the trials as potential cures and start looking at them as ways for his father (without his father’s actual knowledge of course) to continue to contribute to society by furthering the knowledge it was necessary for scientist to gather to eventually come up with a cure. That mental and emotional transition was not easy.

The physicians at Women First are here to explain your options to you regarding your aging mother or father or spouse. At Women First we keep up with the latest treatments and trials so that we can keep our patients informed. Call today to make your consultation appointment to discuss any age related health issues.

Read the whole story of Peter Savodnik chasing Alzheimer clinical trials in The Guardian UK.

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