Alzheimer's Researchers Need Volunteer Subjects

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

We all agree; rapid scientific advance in the field of Alzheimer's disease will be the only way to avoid a joint crisis of declining senior health and an underfunded public health system in the coming years.

One barrier to such rapid advance is completely within our control. It requires no brilliant insight or penetrating scientific discovery; it merely requires volunteers.

Enrolling research subjects into the many ongoing trials, and the many new trials expected to open in the coming years, is a timely process. In fact, the enrollment stage of a study can take years. This is a terrible waste of time in the race to save the generation that is now entering the high-risk years for Alzheimer's disease. We need to do better.

The National Alzheimer's Association has launched the Trial Match program to help interested volunteers find a study that might be right for them. I encourage you to share this with anyone you think might benefit from the information.

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