Funding Renewed for Long-term Study of Adult Children of Alzheimer’s Patients

Funding Renewed for Long-term Study of Adult Children of Alzheimer’s Patients
Washington University researchers have received a $10.3 million grant renewal to continue a long-term study of adults who are more susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s because their parents had it. The team is trying to define which of these adults is likely to develop the disease — and when — and to establish a timeline for how quickly it may progress. The project at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis began in 2005 with funding from the U.S. National Institute on Aging. The Adult Children Study has already helped identify some of the molecular and structural changes in the brain that take place decades before a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The grant renewal will allow the team to extend the study for another five years and to include new goals and methods in it. Medicine has already discovered that the sons and daughters of Alzheimer’s patients are at higher risk of developing the disease themselves. But scientists don't know how to predict which adult children will develop it, or at what age their symptoms will appear. “Our participants want to know if and when they will experience symptoms such as memory loss,” Dr. John C. Morris, the principal investigator of the study, said in a university news story written by Tamara Bhandari. “We anticipate that in the next five years we can begin to tell them.” Morris thin
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  1. Mary says:

    My grandmother and then my mother had ALZ… I now have it also….no one seems to care except to ‘just’ give me medicine and to say ‘see you in 6months’…..

  2. Mary B says:

    grandmother had it, mom mom had it and now I have it…………..all I get is ‘meds’ and sent on my way… given 6 month appointments to return…frustrating…

    • Geri Willingham says:

      Two of my mom’s sisters (my aunts), mom’s father, my mom herself and now, my brother had (has) Alzheimer’s Disease. I was told about 25 years ago by researcher of this disease that I had about a 5% chance of developing it. To date, at 81 there are no signs.
      To Mary B I would like to say, there is much more help for you than giving you meds and sending on your way. In addition to Memory Centers where specialists can now pinpoint the type of dementia you have, there are care centers to encourage and help you with depression, activities that stimulate you; a friend has just told me about a book she located to inform and direct those looking for help with memory loss/dementia: It has helped her with father immensely. My best wishes for you.

  3. Margaret E Taggi says:

    My mother passed away in 2005 from Alzheimer’s. We had
    her brain sent to John Hopkins University and they confirmed that she did pass away from Alzheimer’s. She had two sisters that passed away from it. I am very concerned about the
    symptoms I am having. I will be driving in areas that I have
    driven since I was 18 and didn’t know where I was. I was in the Mall at Penney’s and nothing looked familier I just walked
    around the store until I was okay. I don’t want to be this
    person and go through what my mom did and many others did.

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