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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Global Strategies to Combat the Devastating Health and Economic Impacts of Alzheimer's Disease


There is no treatment or therapy available today to prevent, modify, stop, or reverse Alzheimer's disease; and because of this dynamic, no one survives Alzheimer's disease. There is no remission. There is no cure. There is no “living with Alzheimer’s”, there is only “dying with Alzheimer’s”. In the end, Alzheimer's is 100 percent effective in killing its victims. -- George Vradenburg, Co-Founder and Chairman USAgainstAlzheimer's


By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The big hitters of Alzheimer's disease gathered together today to testify before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. Their goal, I suppose, was to convince the sub committee members that Alzheimer's is a big problem, and if we don't do something soon it is going to be a really big problem.

Well that is not exactly what they said. I know this because they had to chew up most of a day to do that blah blah blah thing. You know the drill, try to scare everyone into action.


I wonder if the 44 percent of Americans that have a family member or friend with Alzheimer's need more statistics to convince them that Alzheimer's is a scary disease, and if we don't do something soon it is going to get really scary.

I guess these invited speakers figured at the minimum they could convince a bunch of Congresspeople of something and raise awareness. Are we still raising awareness? Can you actually convince someone more than once? Is it necessary?

Well I read the blah blah blah, and I don't see anything new. Didn't they already listen too and read all this information before they passed the The National Alzheimer's Project Act in January.

Hey, at least this makes it looks like they are doing something and care.

Meanwhile, we should be hearing sometime next year that the National Alzheimer's Project Act advisory committee had a meeting and we need to be really worried, but not as worried because they are going to have a lot more meetings. Don't get your hopes up.

If you would like to read all or parts of the testimony from today, I included the links below with my cliff notes.

Here is what William H. Thies, Ph.D, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Alzheimer’s Association had to say,

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

Go here if you are interested in reading his prepared statement to the subcommittee.
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Here is what George Vradenburg Co-Founder and Chairman USAgainstAlzheimer's had to say,

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

He also actually said this if you can believe it,
There is no treatment or therapy available today to prevent, modify, stop, or reverse Alzheimer's disease; and because of this dynamic, no one survives Alzheimer's disease. There is no remission. There is no cure. There is no “living with Alzheimer’s”, there is only “dying with Alzheimer’s”. In the end, Alzheimer's is 100 percent effective in killing its victims.

Go here if you are interested in reading his prepared statement to the subcommittee.
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Here is what Richard J. Hodes, M.D. Director, National Institute on Aging had to say,

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

Go here if you are interested in reading his prepared statement to the subcommittee.
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Here is what Eric J. Hall, Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America had to say,

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

Go here if you are interested in reading his prepared statement to the subcommittee.
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Others:

Dr. Daisy Acosta
Dr. Giovanni Frisoni
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings
Dr. Hugh Hendrie

http://www.internationalrelations.house.gov/hearings.asp




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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room