Saturday, June 16, 2007

Scientists Find Direct Correlation Between Alzheimer's, Old People

Science has moved one step closer in the fight against Alzheimer's by identifying one of the most pervasive symptoms of the disease -- old age. "99% of the people that we treat are over the age of 65", said Dr. Marilyn S. Albert, past chair of Medical and Scientific Advisory Council for the Alzheimer's Association and lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. "We just can't ignore that kind of data."

Her recommendations? Avoid getting older. Dr. Albert advises that "the only guaranteed way to prevent the disease is to sell your soul to the devil for immortal youth."

Eternal damnation not an option? Try drinking. According to a recent study conducted by Vincenzo Solfrizzi, MD, PhD, drinking can help to slow the progression of Alzheimer's and dementia in the elderly. And while it cannot fully arrest the progression of these diseases, drinking has the added benefit of helping you to forget that you are about to lose your mind. "It's a win-win situation for everyone," says Dr. Solfrizzi.

PHOTO: Gena Rowlands' stirring performance in The Notebook shed light on the effects of Alzheimers, proving that being hospitalized for a degenerative mental illness doesn't in any way prevent you from getting your hair colored on a bi-monthly basis.

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