CSU - Pueblo co-hosts Alzheimer’s Research Update: Past, Present, and Future
PUEBLO – The Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter, along with the College of Science and Mathematics at Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Regional Access to Graduate Education (RAGE) Program will co-sponsor a lecture next week on the past, present, and future of Alzheimer’s research.
The public lecture will occur at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22 in Life Sciences 105 on the CSU-Pueblo campus by Dr. Paul A. Bell, professor of psychology at CSU-Fort Collins. Bell has been conducting research on Alzheimer’s for more than 30 years and is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter.
Alzheimer’s is the most common of the dozens of different types of dementia, or long-term loss of memory and confusion. Bell’s presentation will cover what research tells us today and what we can expect in the future. The risk of dementia increases with age. The youngest known case in the medical literature was 26, but the risk increases to 10 percent over age 65 and 50 percent over age 85. As Baby Boomers begin to turn 65 this year, the expected numbers of those with dementia should approach 20 million or more over the next two decades. The incentives for finding an effective medical treatment are tremendous, yet no clinical trial has emerged as demonstrating an effective treatment.
Researchers now believe that any effective treatment will have to begin before the evidence of dementia appears. That is, an effective treatment would have to begin before the damage in the brain manifests itself in the form of memory loss or other cognitive decline. Epidemiological studies do suggest that we can take steps today to reduce our risk of getting Alzheimer’s.