Researchers still don’t have a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s, but they’re coming closer to being able to predict who will develop the disease that robs the minds of millions of Americans every year.
This week, like so many others, I was deeply touched by a precious moment — captured on video — between Georgia resident Kelly Gunderson and her 87-year-old mother, Daphne, who suffers with Alzheimer’s disease. As mother and daughter converse, lying side by side in what appears to be a hospital bed, Daphne recognizes her daughter — for the first time in a long while. Having been a family caregiver myself, I know moments like this keep us strong and help us carry on.
Here is a noteworthy post from TIME.com's "Healthland" section: this one on Alzheimer's Disease and California First Lady Maria Shriver's report ( The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's), which shows that Alzheimer's is largely a woman's problem. According to the TIME piece, two-thirds of those suffering from Alzheimer's are women. Add to that the immense number of women who are caretakers of Alzheimer's patients, and your grand total of American women affected by the disease: 10 million.
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