June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, available resources and how people can get involved to support the cause.
All diseases, disabilities and debilitating conditions have their own focus upon care, cure and improvement.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is indeed both debilitating and cruel. The figures alone are staggering – in the USA over 16 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s (and over 50 million worldwide – that’s a population the size of South Korean).
In the US Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death, caregivers provide an estimated 18.4 Billion hours – valued at over $232 Billion dollars.
That said the cost of Alzheimer’s to the individual patient and the families and loved ones it touches is incalculable.
Treatment and research over recent years has led to much improvement, however, there is clearly much more to be done.
For more than 20 years, much of the leading research on Alzheimer’s disease has been guided by the “amyloid hypothesis.”
This theory focuses on one of the disease’s most salient traits: the formation of unusual plaques — or buildups of protein — in patients’ brains. In Alzheimer’s, these plaques are made from a protein known as beta-amyloid. As a result, many scientists believe that removing beta-amyloid or inhibiting its clumping should help to stave off dementia.
But with a series of failed clinical trials raising questions about this premise, some researchers are looking for deeper explanations into the causes of Alzheimer’s and how this debilitating condition can be treated.
The work continues at a pace, at staxi® we understand the need for understanding, treatment, support and product – we ask that we all continue to be thoughtful of the condition and generous in support.
Join the Alzheimer’s Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. The more people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we inspire.