Apr 29, 2010

If You Or Your Family Suspect Alzheimer's Disease or Early Dementia

If you are worried about Alzheimer's, or worried that a family member or friend could be in an early stage of dementia, consider these two solutions to get a definitive answer....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
"With this study, we want to know if a medication can help people who may be having a few senior moments, before those issues develop into daily memory problems that affect their ability to function on a regular basis" -- George Grossberg, M.D., director of geriatric psychiatry and principal investigator for the study at Saint Louis University School of Medicine

I receive emails and telephone calls every month from people that are worried about Alzheimer's Dementia.

They have not been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but they feel that they are experiencing short term memory problems. This explain in short why they are worried.

Most often I refer them to this page on the website -- Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's (5 Best Self Assessment Tests).

The page contains the links to five currently available self assessment tests for Alzheimer's and dementia. Right now, I favor the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE). From the page you can obtain detailed information about the science behind the test, and then get the test instructions, test, and scoring system.

Another excellent alternative right now is a clinical trial that is recruiting new participants. In this trial,
the investigators are seeking people that are suspecting Alzheimer's either on their own, or because a member of their family or a friend suspects that the person is having memory problems

In other words, the person is experiencing memory loss, or senior moments that are disconcerting to themselves or someone that knows them.
In this trial investigators are studying the earliest phase of the illness, called prodromal Alzheimer's disease. During this stage, patients may experience memory loss or mild cognitive impairment.

As you can see, this clinical trial is ideal for someone that is worried about Alzheimer's disease.

There is additional good news, the clinical trial is available in 76 locations in the United States, Canada and Europe.

I wrote about this clinical trail previously and that article has more details -- Suspecting Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial (BMS-708163).

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) is the sponsor.

You can go here to get all the details and contact information.

You can also email Bristol-Myers Squibb at this address -- Clinical.Trials@bms.com.

If you do email them put this information in the subject box --
NCT00890890, CN156-018, A Multicenter, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Safety and Tolerability Study of BMS-708163 in Patients With Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease

If you know someone that is worried about Alzheimer's disease, or if you are worried I recommend that you look into this clinical trial. If qualified for the trial you will receive all kinds of free medical attention and testing. There is no cost to you when you are enrolled in a clinical trial.

The current estimates show that 35 million Americans are worried about Alzheimer's disease. If they are between the ages of 45-90 years old and want to get an excellent assessment this clinical trial is for them.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 2,011 articles with more than 200,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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