Thursday, April 02, 2015
Alzheimer's Association display attention-getting banner: not preventable, not curable
“Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed”. That’s the rather shocking capstone, in purple, the Alzheimer’s Association’s webpage, which it has recently displayed on syndicated ads (and which may show up on your computer or phone if you allow tracking). Here’s the desperate home page.
Two-thirds of people with Alzheimer’s are women, partly because women live longer than men.
Actually, some researches think lifestyle changes and anti-oxidants may slow it or even prevent it.
Otherwise, families are left with a moral responsibility for caring for the inevitable. And women do most of the caregiving. And most of my own ethical structure involves the idea of prevention.