Alzheimer's disease: research, prevention and living with it.

Alzheimer's disease: research, prevention and living with it.

Alzheimer’s Disease dementia effects five million people in the U.S. and as baby boomers age that number is expected to grow. But so far there’s been little success in treating the disease and slowing its debilitating progress. Now though, researchers are taking a different approach and looking at prevention. With the help of a $33 million grant by the Federal Government, neuroscientists will test a drug on at-risk populations before they get Alzheimer’s. I spoke with NPR's Radio Timeshour about where we stand in the battle against this devastating disease. To listen to the interview, visit the Radio Times website at WHYY in Philadelphia.

Pictured is August D., the patient Alois Alzheimer's published as a case report in 1907.

She was 51 years old, Patients presenting at this age are unusual. The Alzheimer's Association 2013 "Facts & Figures" report estimates the population is ~200,000 of the 5 million persons with Alzheimer's disease dementia. Notably, Alice, the Alzheimer's disease patient in the immensely popular novel Still Alice was 49 at the onset of her disease.