Alzheimer's Disease

More than 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to triple to approximately 13.8 million by 2050. So if you haven't been touched by Alzheimer's yet, you may soon be. The Alliance works to help those impacted to manage the disease, and to support research that would slow and even stop Alzheimer's. Search our publications and resources list below to learn more about this disease, and to find tools that can help you care for a loved one (while taking care of yourself too).  Check out our pocket films that explain what Alzheimer's disease is, how it progresses, and where the research currently stands. 

Learn more at our Alzheimer's Disease page and join the fight to eliminate Alzheimer's at

Related Pages

Alzheimer's Disease

Date: June 5th, 2014

Discover the Alliance's Alzheimer's disease resources.

Press Room

Alliance-Led Sign-On Letter Opposes Per Capita Caps, Stresses Their Impact on Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 22nd, 2017

The Alliance and more than 30 other organizations sent a sign-on letter urging U.S. Senate leadership "to support, and build upon, existing state Medicaid expansion."


Leading Experts Assess the Current State of Alzheimer’s Disease Therapeutic Development

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 16th, 2015

ACT-AD Coalition Hosts Its Eighth Annual Meeting


Find Stats on Chronic Diseases of Aging and Medical Innovation at Newly Designed Silver Book® Site

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 10th, 2015

Site Includes Data on Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Vision Loss, and More


Tweets Do Tell: Alzhemier's Not a High Priority for Research Funding

Type: Aging Today

Author: Cynthia Bens, VP of Public Policy

Date: May 13th, 2013

An article by Cynthia Bens, Alliance vice president of public policy


Statement on FDA Draft Guidance for Alzheimer’s Drug Development

Date: February 7th, 2013

Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACT-AD) coalition released a statement in response to guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease.


Ready for Prime Time

Type: The Scientist

Author: Dennis J. Selkoe and John C. Morris

Date: February 1st, 2012

Thought Experiment: Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease are ready for widespread use in clinical trials.


Use Biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials

Date: January 4th, 2012

Use biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials, says expert group.


Alliance for Aging Research Announces New Science Advisors

Date: December 20th, 2011

The Alliance for Aging Research has added new members to its Science Advisory Board including a prominent bioethicist, a world-renowned neurologist, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, a leading longevity researcher, and the only cardiologist to receive all four major cardiovascular research awards.


Top Alzheimer's Advocate to Join Alliance for Aging Research

Date: November 8th, 2011

Sue Peschin, a leading advocate for public policies supporting Alzheimer’s disease research and services for affected families, will join the Alliance for Aging Research beginning January 2012.


Alliance Releases Latest Volume of The Silver Book®

Date: November 1st, 2009

Alliance Releases Latest Volume of The Silver Book Highlighting the Growing Burden of Neurological Disease and the Value of Medical Innovation


New Tools Boost Alzheimer's Awareness

Date: March 12th, 2008

Downloadable "pocket" films help increase public understanding of a 21st century epidemic.


Alliance Unveils Resource for Family Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients

Date: November 29th, 2006

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.


Baby Boomer Attitudes on Alzheimer's Disease

Date: April 27th, 2006

First Major Survey of Baby Boomer Attitudes on Alzheimer's Shows Fear About Their Own Future and Frustration Over Pace of New Drug Approvals


Public Doesn't Realize How Vulnerable Seniors are to Chronic Diseases

Date: March 30th, 2006

Alliance for Aging Research almanac underscores human and economic impact of chronic diseases on our aging nation.

Publications


Public Comments

Alzheimer's Disease PCORI Priorities Letter

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research submitted a letter to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) suggesting possible research for the Institute to consider, aimed at improving outcomes for people with Alzheimer's disease. The Alliance encouraged the following topics:

  • Impact of non-pharmacologic interventions for Alzheimer’s disease on patient outcomes, caregiver burden and rates of institutionalization
  • Evaluation of screening methodologies, for relative ease/uptake and associated optimization across provider groups and settings of care;
  • Assessment of how Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment affects management of comorbidities;
  • Frequency of emergency room visits for Alzheimer’s disease patients and identification of
    best practices for potential mitigation;
  • Comparisons of currently available tools used to assess cognition to identify which is most
    effective for specific populations; and
  • Impact of knowing positive ApoE genotype status on patient, caregiver, and provider
    behaviors/outcomes as compared to ApoE negative status.
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Public Comments

FY 2016 L-HHS Alzheimer's Disease Letter

Author: Misc. Organizations

Date: 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research, USAgainstAlzheimer's, Cure Alzheimer's Foundation, BrightFocus Foundation, Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and American Academy of Neurology signed on to letters submitted to the House & Senate Labor, Health  and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS) Subcommittees, urging for a minimum of $2 billion for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).




Report

From Plan to Practice: Implementing the National Alzheimer's Plan in Your State

Author: National Alliance for Caregiving and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Date: 2014

A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America focuses on the next steps in developing comprehensive plans to provide support and services to people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers.  The Alliance is very proud to have been able to help support this important report.



Pocket Film

A Quick Look at Alzheimer's

Date: 2014

These short, animated “pocket films” (~2 to 3 minutes each) are designed to be viewed anywhere at any time: a doctor’s office, a Congressional hallway, a family living room, and more. They were created to help reduce stigma, improve care, and help the public fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  They have captured millions of views in the U.S. and around the globe.

 



Document

Translating Innovation to Impact: Pre-reads

Date: 2012

On June 28, 2012 the Alliance for Aging Research and its project partner the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA), convened Translating Innovation to Impact, a one-day working meeting to review the state of research into evidence-based interventions to help people with Alzheimer’s remain healthy and independent in the community while reducing the stress on their caregivers.

This document provides the agenda and pre-reads for that important meeting.



Report

Translating Innovation to Impact: Evidence-based interventions to support people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers at home and in the community

Author: Alliance for Aging Research, Administration on Aging, MetLife Foundation

Date: 2012

This white paper presents the findings and recommendations from a review of the state of the art non-pharmacological treatments and care practices for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their family caregivers. It is intended to support deliberations by the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and other government and private organizations about how to make effective non-pharmacological treatments and care practices available to people who will benefit from then. Its development resulted from a public-private partnership between AoA and the Alliance for Aging Research, with funding from the Metlife Foundation. Download the white paper below.



DVD

A Quick Look at Alzheimer's: Pocket Film - The Genetics of Alzheimer's

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: 2011

The latest in a series of animated films that explain the essence of the disease and its public health implications, The Genetics of Alzheimer's explores the role of genes in developing the disease. These films are designed to increase understanding in order to reduce stigma, improve care and help strengthen the public fight against this challenging disease.






Brochure

Living with Alzheimer's: A Personal Health Organizer

Date: 2010

This 3-ring, hardcover binder includes the necesssary tools you need to sort through all of the information that comes your way.  It is designed to help the person who has just been diagnosed, but many of the worksheets can be used together with familiy members or by caregivers of those who are in later stages of the disease.

Since no one experiences Alzheimer's in the same way, your binder can be organized in a way that best fits your needs.

The binder includes a brochure and worksheets






Workshop Kit

Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One—Workshop Kit

Date: 2008

This workshop kit is designed for community leaders in order to provide all of the tools necessary to conduct a workshop/seminar for family caregivers.  It contains:

  • A leaders' guide with tips and instructions on conducting a workshop, as well as the latest information on treatments and research
  • A caregiver workbook that helps caregivers develop a personalized action plan to take better care of their loved ones and themselves
  • A caregiver brochure that provides some of the many resources that will help caregivers form a network of support and take care of themselves
  • A DVD that shares the story of a family dealing with Alzheimer's



Brochure

Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One—Caregiver Brochure

Date: 2008

This brochure provides some of the many resources that will help you form a network of support and take care of yourself, while taking care of your loved one.  The brochure is also availabe in Spanish.

You may also want to download this caregiver workbook that helps caregivers develop a personalized action plan to take better care of their loved ones and themselves.




Brochure

Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Caregiver Workbook

Date: 2008

This workbook s an interactive resource that helps caregivers develop a personalized action plan to take better care of their loved ones and themselves. It includes worksheets on important issues such as making your home safe, preparing for a health care appointment, keeping a health journal, and dealing with financial planning.

The worksheets are useful tools for getting organized and keeping track of a lot of the information that comes with caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. You can download and print out extra copies of these worksheets by clicking the links below:

You may also want to download this caregiver brochure which provides some of the many resources that will help you form a network of support and take care of yourself, while taking care of your loved one.



Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease Workbook: Health Journal Worksheet

Date: 2008

It's useful to keep a health journal so you can ensure that your loved one's health care team is able to provide the best care possible. By keeping track of day-to-day health information that only you may observe, you can provide valuable information to your loved one's health care team. A journal also makes it easy to record information about Alzheimer's disease and other conditions your loved one may have, so you can make the most of your time at appointments and be sure not to forget anything.

To access other helpful worksheets, download Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Workbook.



Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease: Medication List Worksheet

Date: 2008

Your loved one may take many medications for Alzheimer's disease and other health conditions. Keeping track of them helps the health care team make sure the medications are working well together, and find possible drug interactions. You can use this medication list worksheet to keep all of the information about your loved one's medications in one place.

To access other helpful worksheets, download Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Workbook.



Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease Workbook: Health Care Appointment Worksheet

Date: 2008

Taking your loved one to health care appointments may become difficult at times. If you prepare for appointments by writing down questions and scheduling the appointments at a good time for your loved one, you can make sure that the appointment goes as smoothly as possible. Use this worksheet to record information about the appointment so that it's all in one place.

To access other helpful worksheets, download Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Workbook.



Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease: Clinical Trial Worksheet

Date: 2008

While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are drugs that may improve or stabilize symptoms. New drugs are also under development that offer hope for Alzheimer's patients, and clinical trials test whether these treatments are safe and effective. If you haven't already, you may want to consider enrolling your loved one in a clinical trial. This worksheet is a log that can help you keep track of clinical trials that you find.

To access other helpful worksheets, download Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Workbook.



Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease Workbook: Financial & Legal Checklist

Date: 2008

By starting the financial and legal planning process now, you can make sure that your loved one is cared for as their disease progresses. It's important for you to start this process early, because Alzheimer's disease will gradually make it harder for your loved one to participate in planning. Use this checklist to get you started.

To access other helpful worksheets, download Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Workbook.



Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease Workbook: Home Safety Checklist

Date: 2008

Alzheimer's disease progresses differently in everyone, but eventually it will affect your loved one's independence. The typical home environment may become unfamiliar and dangerous, but there are steps you can take to make the home less stressful. Use this checklist to make sure that your loved one's residence is safe.

To access other helpful worksheets, download Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Workbook.



Fact Sheet

Alzheimer's Disease Workbook: Personal Schedule Worksheet

Date: 2008

As Alzheimer's disease progresses, your loved one will need more and more care. While you may feel that you don't have time to think about yourself, it is important to remember your own health and well-being. By exercising, thinking about your health, and giving yourself time to relax, you will stay healthier and be able to spend more time with your loved one. Use this log to keep track of health care appointments, your exercise schedule, social engagements, etc.

To access other helpful worksheets, download Alzheimer's Disease: Helping Yourself Help a Loved One--Workbook.




Presentation

The Societal Burden of Alzheimer's Disease

Author: Jennifer Zeitzer

Date: 2007

In the third of four briefings looking at the growing burden of chronic disease and the promise of medical innovation, Jennifer Zeitzer of the Alzheimer's Association presented on The Societal Burden of Alzheimer's Disease. Her presentation slides are available here.

Blog

Alzheimer's Disease Begins Before Symptoms Start, Researchers Say

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: June 19th, 2017

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California may have discovered Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stage. Their findings provide greater insight into the disease and could offer new ways to treat the devastating disease.


ACT-AD Coalition's Webinar on Symptomatic Relief for Alzheimer's Available Now

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: March 24th, 2017

On March 15, the Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease (ACT-AD) Coalition hosted a webinar on symptomatic relief for Alzheimer's disease. An archived video of the webinar is now available. 


Webinar on Symptomatic Relief for Alzheimer's/March 15

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: March 6th, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15, at 12 p.m. EST, the Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACT-AD) Coalition will hold a one-hour webinar on symptomatic relief for Alzheimer’s disease, featuring expert presentations.


ACT-AD Coalition Holds Ninth Annual Meeting

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: November 22nd, 2016

On November 16, the ACT-AD (Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease) Coalition hosted its Ninth Annual FDA/Alzheimer’s Disease Allies Meeting in North Bethesda, Md., to discuss the current state of Alzheimer’s disease treatment development.


ACT-AD Will Host Ninth Annual Meeting

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: October 31st, 2016

The ACT-AD Coalition will host its Ninth Annual FDA/Alzheimer's Disease Allies Meeting on November 16, 2016. 


ACT-AD Holds Webinar on Clinical Meaningfulness in Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 25th, 2016

On July 19, 2016, the ACT-AD Coalition presented an one-hour webinar on clinical meaningfulness in Alzheimer’s disease.


Alliance's Bens Speaks at Capitol Hill Briefing on Precision Medicine

Author: Noel lloyd

Date: June 24th, 2016

On Wednesday, the Alliance’s Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens spoke at a Congressional Life Sciences Caucus briefing about precision medicine on Capitol Hill.


We Are Family: Alzheimer's Caregivers and the Role of Community

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 16th, 2016

Jeanie Harris and Sharon R. Melancon had their lives changed when their 91-year-old mom, Peggy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Here is their story of how they endured the heartache of losing their mom, found the support in the love of family, and started a community to connect their fellow Alzheimer's caregivers.


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 25th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take another step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Scott Simon and Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.


We Bring People and Organizations Together to Advance Science

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 13th, 2016

A major way the Alliance advances science is through building coalitions of diverse organizations and individuals to bring visibility and support to health research, with the ultimate goal of improving the healthy length and quality of life for everyone. Learn more. 


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 5th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take a step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Jeremy Bloom.


Bill for Alzheimer’s Disease Postal Stamp Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 2nd, 2016

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives for a Alzheimer's disease research postal stamp.


Alzheimer's Disease and Personalized Medicine Webinar/February 29

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 8th, 2016

On February 29, the ACT-AD coalition holds a webinar about Alzheimer's disease and personalized medicine. 


Study Looks at Alzheimer's Potential Impact on China

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 21st, 2016

A new study discusses the potential long-term impacts China could face from Alzheimer's disease.


Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: December 17th, 2015

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.


Participate in an Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 12th, 2015

Participating in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials is a valuable way you and your loved ones can personally impact this disease.


HROTW: Alzheimer's: The Race to the Cure

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 6th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week is a short video that focuses on how researchers are looking for ways to stop Alzheimer's disease.


Why Get a Memory Screening?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 4th, 2015

Some advice on why you might want to consider getting a memory screening.


Expert Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi Optimistic about the Future of Alzheimer's Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 27th, 2015

At last month's annual dinner, the Alliance gave eminent Harvard researcher Rudolph E. Tanzi. Ph.D., the Silver Innovator Award for spearheading his research lab’s “Alzheimer’s-in-a-dish model,” a revolutionary 3-D discovery that gives new hope for the development of therapies to treat and cure the condition. 


Expert Jason Karlawish on Alzheimer's Disease, Bioethics, and the Future of Medicine

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 18th, 2015

This is the first in our occasional series of stories about experts who research aging and the chronic diseases of later life.  For our debut entry, we introduce you to Jason Karlawish, M.D.


ACT-AD Coalition Holds Eighth Annual Meeting

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 18th, 2015

On September 16 the ACT-AD (Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease) Coalition hosted its Eighth Annual FDA/Alzheimer’s Disease Allies Meeting in North Bethesda, Md.


Friends of the NIA Comments on Senate NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 26th, 2015

The Friends of the NIA has made the following statement on the Senate NIH Funding bill.


HROTW: Video Intro to Alzheimer's

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 25th, 2015

Since June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, we think this Health Resource of the Week would be appropriate.


Three Things to Know about Alzheimer's Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 24th, 2015

We want to share three facts you should know about Alzheimer's disease; facts that are both sobering and encouraging.


Webinar: Targets for the Next Generation of Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 11th, 2015

On April 27 the Alliance's ACT-AD Coalition held a webinar on the future of research, therapeutic development, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.


NIA Seeks Volunteers for Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 5th, 2015

Right now across the U.S. there are more than 150 Alzheimer’s disease and related clinical trials being conducted.


NIH Puts Focus on Alzheimer's

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 16th, 2015

Over the last couple of weeks, the National Institutes of Health has shared several updates about its work surrounding Alzheimer's disease and dementia. 


Dr. Rudolph Tanzi to Be Honored as Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award Winner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 7th, 2015

Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., has been announced as the Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award winner.


Alliance Submits Suggestions for NIA's Aging Well in the 21st Century

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 15th, 2014

The National Institute on Aging recently put out a call for comments and ideas for a draft of its strategic directions document, Aging Well in the 21st Century.


World Alzheimer’s Month: Improving Prevention and Treatment

Author: Bryan Luce and Jean Slutsky

Date: September 23rd, 2014

This is a guest post from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute on World Alzheimer's Month. 


Update: Talaya Waller Birthday Update

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 1st, 2014

We want to thank Talaya Waller for her commitment to Alzheimer's research and for including us in her special tribute to her grandmother.


A Birthday Party to Celebrate Aging…and the Research Behind It

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 4th, 2014

Talaya Waller turns 29 this month, and she’s throwing a big party in Washington, D.C., on June 21.


Alliance Hosts Alzheimer's Film Screening at French Embassy

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 28th, 2014

On Thursday evening, April 24, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., played host to the big screen debut of A Quick Look at Alzheimer's.


Recommendations for Advancing Alzheimer’s Interventions

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: December 18th, 2012

This week the Alliance for Aging Research and the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) released a new white paper titled Translating Innovation to Impact: Evidence-based interventions to support people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers at home and in their communities.


Big Boost for Alzheimer's

Author: Sue Peschin

Date: February 9th, 2012

This week’s press event announcing an immediate $50 million infusion of NIH funding to Alzheimer’s research—along with commitments to include an additional $80 million in research dollars and $26 million in services and supports in the President’s FY 2013 budget—was monumental on a number of fronts.


Responding to the Aging of the Population

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 9th, 2012

A group of aging and Alzheimer’s advocates will be meeting this week with the senior leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to call for an increase in funding for the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In advance of this meeting, the group has orchestrated a sign-on letter to demonstrate widespread support for $1.4 billion, an increase of $300 million, in the FY 2013 NIH Budget to support the NIA. A similar letter was generated last year and garnered more than 400 signatures.


Are we there yet?

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 6th, 2012

Many of you may still have this phrase ringing in your ears if you traveled with children for any length of time this past holiday season. Representatives from the ACT-AD Coalition, chaired by the Alliance for Aging Research, heard these same words almost two years ago, not uttered from the mouths of babes, but rather by prominent officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a conversation regarding evidence to support the use of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease in clinical trials for “disease-modifying” therapies.


Breakthroughs in Understanding Diseases of Aging Earn Top Honors

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 14th, 2011

This November, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) released its “Top Ten Medical Innovations” list for 2011, and five of those top ten show great promise for diseases of aging,


Why Isn't Alzheimer's Research Keeping Up with the Disease?

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 26th, 2011

Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 killer disease in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even treated effectively over time. One big barrier: there are not enough volunteers for experimental drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease.


"Rescuing Cognition": CA vs. Alzheimer's Disease ~ By Don Reed

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 2nd, 2011

This is one of the best articles on Alzheimer's I’ve seen to date. It is written by Don C. Reed, a stem cell activist in California, on the promise of current research, and on embryonic stem cells; bringing attention to a subject that is often forgotten and underfunded.

 


The Alzheimer's Epidemic Marches On

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: March 26th, 2009

Alzheimer’s disease has taken an unfortunate step in front of the national news spotlight as of late. The last two evenings, I have seen features on the evening news highlighting the devastating effects of the disease both as a public health epidemic and as a personal, family struggle.


Gap between Beliefs and Actions in Early Detection of Alzheimer's

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: November 18th, 2008

While most people in a recent survey said they would encourage a loved one to seek early diagnosis if they suspected Alzheimer’s disease, when faced with the reality, only a small number sought out early diagnosis.


Early Detection of Alzheimer's a High Priority for Consumers

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: October 29th, 2008

Voters for the American Express Members Project recently chose the Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection Matters campaign as the project they would most like to see funded. Close to 90,000 card members cast a vote—choosing from more than 1,000 potential projects. In the end, the winner was a campaign that will educate people about the importance of early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s—receiving $1.5 million in funding.


What Can You Do to Stop Alzheimer's

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: May 22nd, 2008

Last week, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor shared personal testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging about the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. O’Connor stepped down from the court in 2006 to care for her husband, who has the disease. As many people know, Alzheimer’s is an overwhelming disease-both on a personal level for families and for society. 


Easing the Burden for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: May 9th, 2008

About 10 million of the almost 45 million caregivers in the United States care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Most of these caregivers are not prepared for their new role, which takes a toll on their mental and physical health. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s disease is often called a “family disease,” because the daily stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects the whole family.

Newsletter

News-At-A-Glance

Date: December 13th, 2016

2016 has been a busy year at the Alliance. Learn more about what's been happening!


Alliance Annual Dinner Highlights Caregivers, Alzheimer’s Research

Date: December 7th, 2015

The Alliance's annual dinner, held this year on September 29, focused on the importance of caregivers and exciting breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research.


Helping Stop a Devastating Disease: The ACT-AD Coalition Continues its Important Work in Alzheimer's Disease

Date: February 1st, 2013

Alzheimer's disease is a slow, dehumanizing, and fatal disease that strikes 1 in 8 people over the age of 65. While it's typically thought of as a disease that affects memory, it goes well beyond memory loss and eventually leads to death.
 


Alzheimer's Treatment and Care at a Crossroads: Pursuing All Avenues to Provide Relief

Date: October 1st, 2012

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve most likely wondered if there are any ways to relieve some of the burden of the disease, in addition to the pills to manage its symptoms. For many diseases like heart disease and diabetes, changes to diet and exercise are as high on health care providers list of advice for patients as a prescription for medication, but this isn’t the case with how they approach Alzheimer’s disease.


Battling Health Disparities: Closing the Gaps

Date: July 1st, 2009

Thanks to enormous advances in public health and exciting breakthroughs in medical innovation, over the past century Americans have seen dramatic gains in health and longevity. The United States currently spends more on health care than any other nation and for most people, this means access to one of the best health care systems in the world. Unfortunately, it doesn’t benefit all people equally and the reality is that most minorities have less access to care, fewer options for prevention and treatment, and higher rates of disease and illness.


Stopping Alzheimer's: What Can You Do?

Date: May 1st, 2008

With the aging of the population, experts warn that Alzheimer’s disease will reach epidemic proportions by mid-century, creating massive and unsustainable burdens in terms of health care costs, overwhelmed families, and millions of lives tragically lost to a devastating disease.
 
 


Better Treatments Sought for Neurological Diseases

Date: February 1st, 2007

William Shakespeare famously described life’s seven stages, none of them in especially happy terms. The final stage of old age is “second childishness and mere oblivion/Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”
 
 


Make Alzheimer's a National Priority

Date: July 1st, 2006

It’s a disease that is universally fatal; there is no cure at present; and one out of 10 people over 65 will be diagnosed with it. It already affects millions of Americans at the cost of billions, and as baby boomers swell the ranks of the elderly, it could potentially break our health care system. But it has yet to be recognized as a national health priority.


New Frontiers in Battle Against Alzheimer's

Date: April 1st, 2002

New Alzheimer's research is making dramatic strides in treating one of the most common - and feared - forms of dementia. The degenerative brain disease strikes one in 10 of those over 65, and almost half of those over 85. Alzheimer's currently affects some 4 million Americans, but experts predict that number could grow to 14 million in the next 50 years unless a cure or preventive treatment is found.


Alzheimer's Disease: The Cruelest Thief

Date: October 1st, 2001

Alzheimer's is the cruelest of the diseases that strike the elderly. There is no known cure for this neuro-degenerative disorder that eats away the body's command center, first stealing memory, then bodily functions, and ultimately life as it runs its course over five to 15 years. It holds five million people hostage - most of them past age 70 - and ranks 4th in cause of death for Americans. It is estimated that 10 percent of people past age 65 develop Alzheimer's, a number that rises to 50 percent by age 85.


A Shot of Hope on the Alzheimer's Front

Date: October 1st, 1999

This is not the case of the mouse that roared, but instead the one where the mouse stayed plaque-free.