Letter to the editor: Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans, including almost 300,000 in Pennsylvania. As the state’s older population grows, so does the number of individuals and families affected by this dreadful and costly disease. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are a growing global health problem that can only be solved through research.
The good news is this is a very exciting time in Alzheimer’s disease research. Last month, I met with Pittsburgh-area volunteers, advocates, caregivers and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to discuss work being done locally and globally. Every discovery made by researchers, whether it’s new tools to study the biology of the brain or the results of a drug trial, helps to answer important questions and brings us one step closer to finding a cure.
But you don’t have to be a scientist to be involved in Alzheimer’s research. Money raised through events like the annual Pittsburgh Walk to End Alzheimer’s and social media fundraisers goes toward research for treatments, early detection and diagnostic tools, and prevention strategies. You can also get involved by participating in a clinical trial, even if you don’t have an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or cognitive concern. Find clinical trials by visiting www.alz.org/trialmatch.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with, provide daily care for or simply care about someone with Alzheimer’s, help and support are available. Visit www.alz.org/pa to access resources and learn more about how you can get involved in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Rebecca Edelmayer
The writer is director of scientific engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association.