The New York Times article Finding Alzheimer's Disease Before a Mind Fails illustrates the challenges facing doctors, researchers, patients, and families on finding preventive treatments, which do not currently exist, as well as challenges to help those afflicted with the illness. This is the last article in a six piece series which identified the six killers in America, heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema), diabetes, and Alzheimer's.
The series was an excellent review of the challenges facing us and many of the shortcomings of our healthcare system in providing the right preventive care consistently and routinely to keep us healthy and living longer. It seems like we all take it for granted that our healthcare system is the worst among industrialized countries in keeping us healthy.
Personally, I see these problems as unacceptable and this shocking disparity gives me the motivation to educate everyone on what they must do to stay healthy and live longer.