Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. According to a new report, there are 35 million people struggling with this devastating disease or with other forms of dementia. Dr. Ronald Petersen, chairman of The Alzheimer’s Association’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, says Alzheimer’s Disease represents a public health emergency. While the number of deaths from heart disease and cancer continue to go down, deaths from Alzheimer’s are steadily rising. Dr. Petersen says he’s hopeful that within ten years, there may be some real progress toward more substantial and effective treatment for Alzheimer’s patients.
Wall Street Journal Radio, by Gina Cervetti, 09/21/09