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Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's

Commented May 21, 2010 at 15:38:04 in Politics

“Can Alzheimer's be truly prevented or cured?

Alzheimer's is not easy for a care-giver or family to deal with. In my experience of looking after my 81 year old grandmother for the last three years - I know that it involves a complex mixture of guilt, love, frustration and a huge burden of responsibility. In difficult times, I have dreamt of a cure for Alzheimer's.

But whether there is a cure or not don't affect the core issue that confronts us - that death is close. And at least, Alzheimer's gives us time to acknowledge and understand this. The idea of a cure, although wonderful, can cause false hope.

Alzheimer's is a disease that affects the developed world to a greater extent - as life expectancy is longer there. It has been described as a 'rich' disease, that attacks the 'affluent.' My grandmother and I live in India. More and more people here are falling prey to this disease. However, if the issue of government aid arises, I believe those resources would be better put to use in healthcare in areas that need it more desperately - in rural areas, in child care, to prevent infant mortality, for example. My grandmother has had a good life, and I'm sure she would rather some one else, in need, have opportunity than be denied for her sake.”