Julianne Moore wins Best Actress Oscar for Still Alice

 

Last evening Julianne Moore won an Oscar  for her moving portrayal  of a woman dealing with the initial signs of cognitive decline due to early onset Alzheimer's disease. In interviews re this role Ms. Moore stated that there is presently no cure for and no treatment to halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

However, we do have currently available medications which ameliorate symptoms and, according to many investigators, are felt to slow progression of the disease. It is felt that the currently available medications help improve the quality of life of the individual, although they do not extend the individual's life span.

An interesting article in the AARP Bulletin (Jan-Feb 2015) discusses the rapidly increasing number of diagnosed Alzheimer's patients and the relatively poor funding for research in relation to other diseases like heart disease and HIV/AIDS.

It is also interesting to note that people from all walks of life are afflicted with this disease.

Politics: Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Cyrus Vance, William Proxmire

Entertainment: Jimmy Stewart, Perry Como, Etta James, Peter Falk, Charles Bronson, Charlton Heston, Glenn Campbell

Publisher: Ben Bradlee

Columnist: Abigail Van Buren

Artist: William De Kooning

Boxer: Floyd Patterson

Author: Iris Murdoch

Alzheimer's disease research is exploding with new information and discoveries every day. There are many new medications in clinical trials, some of which are available in our office. Please call if you would like information re our research programs.