This is an exciting time for dementia research. Most of our current knowledge about dementia has come about because of research done in the last 15-20 years. Through these continuing advances scientists are making great strides in identifying potential new tools and interventions to help diagnose, slow, treat and someday prevent dementia entirely.
While there has been significant advancement, there is still much to be done. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are currently affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The number one risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is age. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, the urgency to find ways to prevent, or treat the disease is increasing tremendously.
We must advocate that dementia research continue to be a state and national priority to bring hope to those individuals who have dementia and to their families.
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance is a partner with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (W-ADRC) through the University of Wisconsin to support local ongoing research, and encourage participation in research efforts.
We look forward to a day when dementia is a thing of the past. Until then, we continue to provide information, support, resources and education to those who are coping with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.