Where Are We in the Search for a Cure for Dementia?
Dementia is one of the most unforgiving diseases in the world. According to the World Health Organization, there are 55 million people living with dementia worldwide with nearly 10 million new cases each year. The WHO notes that dementia is actually the 7th-leading cause of death worldwide, as well.
With the disease having such a far-reaching impact, where are we in the search for a cure? There is no known cure for dementia at the time of this writing, but there are signs of hope and progress.
Promising Advances in Research
When you research progress in the search for a cure for dementia, most articles relate specifically to Alzheimer’s Disease. To be clear, Alzheimer’s is just one of many forms of dementia, though it’s the most common diagnosis and often the focus of conversations surrounding dementia and dementia-related deaths.
In 2023, we’ve seen a number of promising research developments surrounding dementia and its forms. Global clinical trials for the drug donanemab are showing promise as cognitive decline is slowing in patients. There is still a long way to go before donanemab is available regularly for patients, but all cures start somewhere.
Earlier in the year, Leqembi received accelerated approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is hailed for treating the actual disease instead of just treating the symptoms. Both of these drugs provide promise and a potential pathway to a much better quality of life for dementia patients.
Additionally, scientists have made significant progress in recent years related to the specific genes that relate to and accelerate the onset of forms of dementia. This information is used by medical researchers to better understand diseases, how they evolve, and how to detect them early on if the genes are present.
As clinical trials for promising drugs and implementation of approved drugs continues, we are at an important stage in dementia research. Just last year, Congress approved nearly $300 million in additional funding for dementia research which sets us on a path toward a cure.
It’s going to take time and, frankly, money to get there. The search for a cure has been a long road, but advancements every day chart a promising course toward a new future for dementia patients.
At the Million Dollar Solution, we work with practices that are part of the care and future of dementia planning. If you want to learn more about becoming a Dementia Focused Practice, schedule a free consultation with our team today.
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