In December, the World Health Organization reported on the latest Alzheimer's stats. About 50 million people in the world have dementia. Each year, another 10 million people develop dementia. Of those cases, almost 7 out of 10 are Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting the elderly. There's no cure. It's a costly, frightening disease. One company came up with a plan to help raise money to help fund research.
The first Alzheimer's medication (donepezil) gained FDA approval in 1996. It was followed in 2000, 2001, and 2003 by three other medications (rivastigmine, galantamine, and memantine). A combination of donepezil and memantine was approved in 2014. There have been no new medications since then.
InvestAcure is a secure financial site that anyone can use to help raise money for Alzheimer's research. You create an account and install the app on your phone or tablet. Once your account is created, you link the cards you use most often while shopping online or at area stores.
When you make a purchase, the amount is automatically rounded up to an even dollar amount. That change is then invested in a company who is currently trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Your change is used to buy stock in the company. You'll gain profit on the money you've invested as a shareholder.
Why is this Important?
In 2018, Pfizer announced they were stopping all research they'd been doing towards finding better treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. As one of the leading pharmaceutical companies, this news took some by surprise. It took a key player out of the fight to find a cure.
A month later, Merck & Co announced they were also stopping one of their Alzheimer's studies.
To make sure more companies don't stop, funding is essential. InvestAcure hopes their app can keep researchers from giving up.
When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's it can be stressful for everyone. Your parent will fear the changes to come. You'll be just as worried about handling the changes as they come. Watching your parent forget who you are is sad.
There's one thing you must do for yourself. Have respite care available. You'll need breaks from time to time. These breaks help you regroup emotionally and physically, but they're also important for your parent. If you're stressed, your parent will pick up on that stress. With a caregiver stepping in, your parent also gets a break.
Arrange respite care services from a senior care agency as soon as you can. In the moderate stages, you'll have time to de-stress. In the late stages, you'll quickly learn it's impossible to provide every hour of care without help. Call senior care agency today to get started.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Huntley, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.