Alzheimer's-related deaths on the rise; still no treatment, cure or way to stop its rampant spread

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  • ericNorCal San Jose, CA
    March 20, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    I fixed the bone to bone grinding in my knees over 14 years ago and fixed the "gowning pains" is what the doctor call them, in my 7 year old. He would wake up at night with killer leg pains and screem and grind his teath and have noise bleeds while he slept. I fixed all these problems with nutrition. Call me stupid and others have called me other things as well. One BIG question here? If I had not fixed the "growing pains" problem and others what other kind of problems would these problems have grown into over the next 50 years? Can we say maybe Alzheimer's

  • gwenR. USA, FL
    March 20, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    re:Iron&Clay's remarks. I might have once thought like you seem to-we all have to die sometime of something. That is until my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. If you haven't been personally impacted by this insidious disease, I don't think you can fully understand just what a horrific way it is to go. You watch your loved one "die" a little bit day by day over sometimes a decade until their mind is completely gone. And, the physical toll it takes on caregivers is indescribable. AD is an unbelievable financial burden as well on the family and on society at large. Where do you think the money comes from when the family (saying there is any) can no longer provide round the clock nursing care and the sufferer ultimately has to be placed in a nursing home?
    And AD is not just an old age disease. I know a wonderful man who was diagnosed in his 50's. Don't wait until you or a loved one is impacted by this terrible disease. Support research for a cure, or at least for something to ease the suffering.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 20, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    father-in-law died of this. What a terrible disease. A slow slow death and a sad sad good-bye.

  • jsucese ,
    March 20, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    I've been caring for my Aunt for well over a year now. There is no words that can describe the sadness that I experience each visit. My biggest fear is that it is genetically set and that I am doomed for the same disease. We need more funding and more interest in finding a solution. This is such a horrid disease. I don't buy it that it is because we are growing old there has to be something that we can do.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    March 20, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Sad for the relatives that brains of elderly deteriorate before death to the point of non-recognition of loved ones.

    Nevertheless, if we are alive we have a guarantee that we are going to die.

    From the Book of Mormon we learn that death normally comes at the age of 72.
    The three that escaped this mandate of death are just stalling. These three Nephites will also get the opportunity to die.

    We also have a guarantee that we will be resurrected.

    Lets not get too carried away with funding for this 'disease'. Is death a disease?

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    March 19, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    Alzheimer's disease is so bad. The article is correct there is no medication that I know of that does much for this disease. A couple who are close friends to me where both of them are in their 50's, and the wife is already in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. It is so sad to watch. It would be wonderful if we could make a breakthrough in the treatment of this horrible disease. I have seen it progress where the people in the last stages are truly nothing more than just a shell. At the end they truly don't even know who anyone is including themselves.