When your loved one begins showing signs of memory loss, it opens up a chasm of unknown. You question yourself; him; never feeling secure in the answer. Sometimes you get a diagnosis, sometimes your primary care doctor says “dementia”, sometimes Alzheimer’s—but never does the doctor give you a lot of hope for the future. The doctor tells you of a few medications that give a short bout of relief, but none that alter the disease. Or the doctor who diagnoses dementia, offers even less information. As you look for more information on what is actually happening to your loved one, you realize you need more tests yet your insurance may not cover them.
The future looks grim. As the symptoms continue or increase; you begin to lose hope in a return to the relationship you had. Plans you had created for the future seem unattainable. You find friends referring to your life as suffering; referring to you and your loved one as victims. The stigma of diagnosis adds to your despair.
What action can you take? Research and education are the vehicles of change. Clinical trials are actively restoring hope with continuing dementia research. In the last five years, knowledge of dementia types has increased ten-fold. Participants in clinical trials have opened the door to hope by allowing researchers to document their brain changes while applying tested pharmaceutical solutions to either the Alzheimer’s disease itself or its symptoms. You will receive thorough testing that may not be available because of insurance or finances to see if you are qualified.
Transportation is provided as well as compensation once accepted for the trial. This may seem like a lot of effort. But the value is in the paradigm shift from victim to action figure. You are taking action against despair. The effort itself gives you hope. Hope in the form of continued action. Hope in finding a solution. Hope to become a victor while living with dementia instead of suffering from it.
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