What is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term (not a specific disease) that describes a group of symptoms which negatively impacts memory severe enough to interfere with daily life.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia with 60-80% of cases, while Vascular Dementia is the second most common dementia type. Nevertheless, there are many other conditions that cause symptoms of dementia. As opposed to Alzheimer’s, some forms of dementia are reversible.
Why should I participate in a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are the heart of modern medicine. Without clinical trials, there is no advancement in medicine, and there are no ways to find better treatments, preventions, or diagnoses for illnesses. The goal of every clinical trial is to see if a new treatment or diagnostic method actually works and at the same time is also safe. There are also clinical trials that are looking particularly at other aspects, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.
But, clinical trials also need volunteers. From our experience, individuals participate in clinical trials for two reasons:
Individuals with an illness or chronic disease participate mostly to receive cutting-edge treatment and get additional care and attention from research staff.
Healthy individuals participate to help others, honor their loved ones, and/or contribute to medical advancement.
All in all, clinical trials offer hope for sick individuals and help medical professionals to find better treatments, better diagnostics, and better ways to prevent illnesses in the future.