Bill Gates has called for a new approach to combating Alzheimer’s disease and announced that he is contributing money to the cause.
It is a well-established fact among researchers: the earlier that Alzheimer’s disease can be detected and diagnosed, the better it is for the patient.
It is possible to slow the pace of the disease somewhat, if detected early enough. Early detection also gives patients time to adapt and make plans for how they will handle the disease. These plans include getting legal paperwork, like powers of attorney and estate plans, in place while they still can.
However, figuring out how to detect Alzheimer’s early has remained somewhat elusive.
There is no easy test for it now. However, one billionaire would like to change that.
This story was picked up by The New York Times in “What if You Knew Alzheimer’s Was Coming for You?”
Microsoft founder Bill Gates wrote on his blog that several men in his family had gotten Alzheimer’s and that he was at risk of getting it.
Gates believes a new approach is needed to combat the disease and would like to see a simple diagnostic method developed, such as a blood test.
Gates is contributing $100 million to fund Alzheimer’s research.
Some people might be tempted to see self-interest in Gates’ call. However, that is beside the point.
Alzheimer’s is a serious problem and will continue to be so, until a cure is found.
This generous contribution by Gates will surely help in the effort to combat the disease.
Reference: New York Times (Nov. 17, 2017) “What if You Knew Alzheimer’s Was Coming for You?”