Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Billionaire Bill Gates to donate $100m to fight tragedy of Alzheimer's

Bill Gates Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates. REUTERS Rick Wilking
Marlene Weaver | 13 November, 2017, 20:05

'Alzheimer's Society wholeheartedly welcomes Bill Gates' significant personal investment to advancing research into Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. I know how bad it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Gates says the first treatments for the disease might not be feasible for a decade or more and would initially be expensive. "It's like a gradual death in terms of the person that you knew". When a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, family members may notice changes in their personality and behavior, including depression, social withdrawal, mood swings, lack of trust in others, wandering, change in sleeping habits, loss of inhibitions, irritability and delusions. "Once that day comes, our foundation might look at how we can expand access in poor countries", Gates wrote, explaining how he might look at the issue beyond his personal investment in the future.

If you or someone you know are exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer's disease, speak to a physician about your condition.

In 2015, an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide lived with dementia, a number set to double every 20 years reaching 74.7 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050, according to World Alzheimer's Report 2015.

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"I first became interested in Alzheimer's because of its costs - both emotional and economic - to families and healthcare systems". People of all ages are affected, but 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. While he acknowledged to Reuters that it will take "probably 10 years before new theories are tried enough times to give them a high chance of success", Gates told CNN that he believes there is a solution. "So it's very hard to hazard a guess".

"I hope that in the next 10 years that we have some powerful drugs, but it's possible that won't be achieved".

"By improving in each of these areas, I think we can develop an intervention that drastically reduces the impact of Alzheimer's", Gates wrote.

The Alzheimer's Association said Monday that it "applauds [Gates's] efforts to seek an end to Alzheimer's".

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the sixth-leading cause of death overall.

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