Story by LaTrice Currie
Eyewitness News Anchor
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- A new way to prevent the looming Alzheimer's epidemic could be a key stroke away.
A new website launched by the Alzheimer's Association called Trialmatch links patients with clinical trials that treat their specific case.
Bill Thies, PhD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Alzheimer's Association says "One of the critical deficiencies we have now is recruiting people fast enough for trials, and at this rate we may not get the treatments we need before it wrecks the medical care system."
Patients, caregivers and doctors can log on to the website or call a 24-hour hotline to start the matching process.
Bill Thies, PhD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Alzheimer's Association says "We estimate there are over 100 total trials."
Those who participate have access to new medications, doctors who are familiar with the disease, and state-of-the-art treatment.
Even if patients don't find help for themselves, their participation may help someone else.
Bill Thies, PhD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Alzheimer's Association says "They're giving back to society in a very personal way. ... Society will benefit because we know more at the end of the trial than we did at the beginning."
And experts hope that knowledge will grow faster than the disease.
Right now half a million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every year. That number is expected to double by 2050.
If you have questions or need help....be sure and contact the local Alzheimer's association.