Note: as a person with dementia and a retired psychologist, Richard is uniquely positioned to think about Alzheimer's and dementia. Here are some of his thoughts about what the headlines on biomarkers mean for people with dementia and their families.
Will I "get" Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia? How can I know before even my brain knows, or at least shows any signs of knowing? The answers claim the usual gang of suspects turns out to be in a bag of bodily fluids (mostly blood and spinal fluid), DNA, Genes, and stuff I spilled on myself while eating lunch just before I went in to the "create your own bag of bio markers" get-together.
Change comes and goes fast, very fast. For someone living with the symptoms of dementia the change I have experienced since my diagnosis about nine years ago would even spin the head of someone whose cognitive skills are not slipping. For me, since my skills are slipping and the change is literally overwhelming. Now comes the claim there is a bag of biomarkers that predicts Alzheimer's (or is it dementia) with a 90% accuracy rate, and can predict it way, way before our brain is effected by the biology of dementia (if indeed there is such a freestanding biology).