Here’s a very good recent article from the New York Times on the puzzle of Alzheimer’s Disease prevention, a stalemate which goes on despite many years of research and a host of studies.
As the article describes, the National Institutes of Health recently appointed a sort of court of fifteen medical scientists to evaluate the evidence — which consisted of literally hundreds of studies testing the potential of everything from exercise to educational attainment to prevent the risk, onset and development of Alzheimer’s.
Their verdict: there really isn’t anything we’ve found so far that can prevent or delay this disease.
Needless to say, this is a sad result for the millions who have this malady or someday will fall victim to it. But organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association can provide support.
Greensboro Public Library has quite a few books on Alzheimer’s Disease if you’re interested, including: The Alzheimer’s Project: Momentum in Science by John Hoffman and Susan Froemke with Susan K. Golant; Plain talk about Alzheimer’s Disease: Alzheimer’s Related Dementia and Wandering (DVD); Inside Alzheimer’s: How to Hear and Honor Connections with a Person Who has Dementia by Nancy D. Pearce; A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: 300 Tips For Making Life Easier by Patricia R. Callone, et al.; At Wit’s End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians by George Kraus; Alzheimer’s Disease: A Forgotten Life by Elaine Landau (juvenile); Into the Mist: When Someone You Love has Alzheimer’s Disease by Deborah Uetz with Anne Lindsay; The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s: Stories of Love, Courage and Hope (DVD); Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook by Howard Gruetzner; The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s, Portrait of an Epidemic by David Shenk; Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide for Families and Caregivers by Lenore S. Powell with Katie Courtice; Measure of the Heart: A Father’s Alzheimer’s, a Daughter’s Return by Mary Ellen Geist; Creating Moments of Joy: For the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia by Jolene Brackey; Finding the Joy in Alzheimer’s: Caregivers Share the Joyful Times by Brenda Avadian; Close to Me, But Far Away: Living with Alzheimer’s by Burton M. Wheeler; Death in Slow Motion: My Mother’s Descent into Alzheimer’s by Eleanor Cooney; Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s by Thomas DeBaggio; At Wit’s End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians by George Kraus; and Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease by Joanne Koenig Coste.
You can also learn about Alzheimer’s in Medline or Medline Plus, both of which are included among the numerous databases in the NCLive network. To access NCLive, all you need is a library card.