Incoming cure for Alzheimer’s

Incoming cure for Alzheimers

Joshua Cardona

Many people suffer from Alzheimer’s all around the world. There is no cure for it, but the World Health Organization is working on it. They say there will be a cure in the next 10 or so years. This treatment will help many people and save many lives as well.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It is progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss and possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Alzheimer’s disease is most common in people over the age of 65. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia increases with age, affecting an estimated 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 and 1 in every 6 people over the age of 80.

Official death certificates recorded 121,499 deaths from AD (Alzheimer’s disease) in 2019, the latest year of which data are available, making Alzheimer’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death among Americans age 65 and older. The sad part about this is that there is no treatment for AD. But the latest news about AD is that soon there will be treatment for it. The World Health Organization (WHO) has pushed the deadline to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease from 2025 to 2030.  Right now in 2023, Aducanumab is the only disease modifying medication currently approved to treat Alzheimer’s. This medication is a human antibody, or immunotherapy, that targets the protein beta-amyloid and helps to reduce amyloid plaques, which are brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s.

Many people are worried about AD and it is scary to see someone with this incurable disease. But a cure is coming soon, and I hope then older people won’t have to suffer from this disease.