Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a serious brain disorder that impacts daily living through memory loss and cognitive changes. Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease usually develop slowly and gradually worsen over time, progressing from mild forgetfulness to widespread brain impairment. Chemical and structural changes in the brain slowly destroy the ability to create, remember, learn, reason and relate to others. As the disease progresses drastic personality loss occurs and body systems fail.
Alzheimer's disease is a global crisis that needs to be addressed with a global solution. There are an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide suffering from dementia today, a number that will grow to 131 million by 2050. Over 9.9 million new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year worldwide; that's one new case every 3.2 seconds.
This is an exciting time for Alzheimer's disease clinical research. Thanks to advances in our understanding of this brain disorder, scientists are making significant strides identifying new ways to help diagnose, treat and even prevent Alzheimer's.
While there is no known cure for Alzheimer's, in recent years thanks to clinical trials, advances have been made. But more medicines are needed to provide patients, caregivers and their physicians with more treatment choices. Without the valuable participation of people like you, clinical research for Alzheimer's treatments cannot be conducted.
Your personal experience could help shape clinical trials.