Dr. Al Power (ChangingAging’s resident dementia expert) and I have been trying to put together a list of the best blogs and web resources focused on Alzheimer’s and dementia. We want to make sure we connect with those sites on the ChangingAging Blogstream when it goes live.
Today I want to feature the Alzheimer’s Association, which I think is the best resource on the web for information and advocacy around Alzheimer’s disease. We recently blogged about their 2011 Alzheimer’s report on the massive cost associated with caring for people living Alzheimer’s.
A main goal of the Alzheimer’s Association is to raise awareness of the disease and to advocate for increased research on treatments and cures (Out of the top 10 causes of death, Alzheimer’s ranks sixth and is the only cause of death without a treatment or cure). In the recent report “Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers”, the association asks bluntly “Where is the treatment, where is the cure?”:
The National Institutes of Health spends over $6 billion a year on cancer research, over $4 billion on heart disease research and over $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research. But it spends only $480 million on Alzheimer research.
The association put together an Alzheimer’s News micro-site featuring facts and figures, videos and social networking tools to help advocates spread the word.
You can also stay up-to-date on the latest news their blog Alz.org.
Below, in no particular order, are the other top Alzheimer’s-related blogs that I follow in my Google Reader. Please let me know what I’m missing in the comments section.
Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Blog
From the Mind of Richard Taylor
The Tangled Neuron