As expected, dozens of research papers were read and discussed at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, held earlier this month in Boston.
While Visiting Angels-Detroit was not able to attend the conference, we noticed that three topics dominated the news media coverage.
- On-line Alzheimer’s tests are considered flawed at best and dangerous at worse.
- Delaying retirement can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- The keys for preventing Alzheimer’s, while not new, were reaffirmed.
On-line Alzheimer’s tests
As more and more people seek to increase their knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, they are coming upon a growing number of on-line tests that claim to be able to diagnose whether a person has the disease.
Researchers have found, however, that most of these tests are scientifically invalid. As one research said:
The longer we continue working, the less chance we will develop Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
That is the finding of a very large study undertaken in France.
Since a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has yet to be discovered, prevention continues to be a common strategy. Specifically, the medical community encourages everyone to stay as healthy as possible to push back the onset of dementia: eat a nutritious diet, exercise, get plenty of sleep, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol, and other steps.
And yet, the stay-healthy prescription is not universally accepted.
“There really is nothing that will prevent or slow the progression [of Alzheimer's],” said Dr. Joshua Chodosh from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA at [the 2012] Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.
It may be years before that debate is settled.