1 in 3 people over the age of 85 develops Alzheimer’s, but new technology may help doctors detect the disease much earlier in its progress.
At the UT Health Science Center in Houston, a brave patient has a story she wants everyone to hear.
“I’m 69 now and I started realizing probably 4 or 5 years ago, that I was forgetting things that normally came easy to me.”
Jane saw her mother go through the same changes, so she asked a neurologist to run tests.
Doctors used a new tool called Amyloid Imaging, which they say now detects Alzheimer’s disease with almost 100% accuracy.
The scans allow doctors to diagnose the disease years earlier. That way they can start treatment while people are in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
Doctor Paul Schultz says there are already three new drugs being tested that may stop the progression of Alzheimer’s altogether.
Jane is in one of the clinical trials.
That has given her hope, and potentially more time to make memories with her family.
Doctors have hope too. They say they’re on the cusp of detecting and treating the disease before any symptoms show.