Two take-aways from the recently concluded Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen: First, after years of research, we still know remarkably little about what causes dementia or how to prevent or delay it. Second, the dementia establishment, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the White House’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, is so focused on a cure that it pays too little attention to the immediate needs of those who already have dementia and those caring for them.
The conference was filled with academic papers based on small, preliminary studies. Researchers are testing every possible variable in older people’s lives to determine if it could be the key to dementia. And the results were all over the place.