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Donepezil and Memantine for Moderate to Severe Alzheimer's Disease

This article should be of interest to most Alzheimer's caregivers and families.
For the first time, we have robust and compelling evidence that treatment with these drugs can continue to help patients at the later, more severe stages of the disease. We observed that patients who continued taking donepezil were better able to remember, understand, communicate and perform daily tasks for at least a year longer than those who stopped taking the drugs. 
-- Professor Robert Howard

2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2012 provides a statistical resource for U.S. data related to Alzheimer's disease.

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The report released by the Alzheimer's Association, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's healthcare system.

This report includes definitions of the types of dementia, prevalence, mortality, caregiving, and costs of care and services.

Alzheimer's group seeks $2 billion a year for research

Finding a cure or way to slow down the progression of the disease would require $2 billion in yearly funds, said William Thies, chief medical and scientific officer for theAlzheimer's Association.
"Without the spending in that range ($2 billion), we're not going to see the progress we need to see," he said. He adds that the last successful research to find a treatment for a symptom of the disease was in 2003. "You can't make progress with the sort of investments made to date."
If we don't care about these persons maybe we should put them in prison for their own good.
Go ahead, imagine yourself living alone with dementia. How does it feel? 
Most Alzheimer's caregivers swear they can't leave a person who is deeply forgetful alone for a short period of time without them becoming -- deeply scared, confused, and/or angry. 
When I read this morning that about 
one out of every seven persons suffering from Alzheimer's lives alone I shuddered
. I immediately asked myself, how does this make me feel? Shocked, angry, confused, disconcerted? Nauseous. That means inclined to vomit.
Previously on the Alzheimer's Reading Room

Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers, Fourth Edition

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, and Memory Loss

Bob DeMarco