In the three years since my father died, I’ve often felt like there’s been little progress in dementia research. This week, I was reminded that the complexity of the topic sometimes hides the progress that has been made.
A good example of this is the research on the cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) and microbleeds Dad had. When he died, awareness about CAA and microbleeds was low, even among doctors. Lately, though, I’ve been getting more emails from people whose family members have those conditions, and new research shows they are much more common than we thought.
Given the new interest in the topic, I thought I’d do a quick update. I found so much new information that my quick update grew into a longer report (see CAA, Microbleeds and Dementia: An Update).
We still don’t know how to prevent or treat CAA or microbleeds – some of the new information brings more questions than answers. But it’s still progress.