Back when I worked as a nurse on a memory care unit I remember attending a fascinating workshop about Alzheimer’s disease. The speaker updated us on groundbreaking research being done in the field. He said he was confident that a cure for Alzheimer’s disease would be found within the next 10 years.
That was over 20 years ago, and there’s still no cure. Kind of discouraging, isn’t it? But we can’t give up hope!
I’m sure you know people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could play a major role in ending this terrible disease?
The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors a great program called TrialMatch. It connects patients, caregivers, healthy volunteers, and medical professionals with more than 250 clinical trials around the country.
What is a clinical trial? It’s a research study looking at whether a medication or treatment is safe and effective for humans. Here are a few points to consider as you decide whether you should participate in a clinical trial:
- You’ll have access to a promising treatment before it’s available to the general public.
- Treatment will be provided at no cost to you. There also may be compensation for your time and travel.
- You’ll receive care and treatment from experts in the field.
- You are free to leave the study at any time.
- You can continue to see your primary physician.
- You’ll be helping other people.
- The treatment may not work, or it may not work as well as other treatments currently available.
- You may experience side effects.
- Even if the treatment is working well for you, the study may need to be discontinued if other participants experience serious side effects.
- You may need to travel long distances.
- It can be very time-consuming.
- You may be randomly placed in a group that receives a placebo instead of the actual treatment.
Interested? For more information about the TrialMatch program check out this website or call 1-800-272-3900. Maybe you’ll help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease!