Imagine living a “normal” everyday life, job, house, family and suddenly out of nowhere you are hit with a life changing diagnosis. Your life is turned upside down and you will never be the same again.
This is the life of my uncle Geoff, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2017. Geoff is no longer able to work in his profession as an anesthetist which he loved and faces many other issues in his life that have been challenged due to this diagnosis.
For the month of July I will not have any alcohol and aim to raise as much as possible for this heart breaking disease with donations going to Australian Research Institute.
While there are no effective medications or cure of this condition, there are strong links to lifestyle as its cause and growing evidence that targeted lifestyle changes can impact the course of some dementia type conditions.
Australian Research Institute are working on a project that involves research into a specific pathway that they think may improve and protect brain cells directly. This is called the NAD+ metabolic pathway. In this project they will be investigating the impact of increasing NAD+ levels on cognitive (brain) function in people with cognitive impairment. The studies would look at the effect of NAD+ supplementation (delivered via various routes and precursors) on both changes in cognitive performance and cellular (and blood) NAD+ levels.
Every dollar counts towards this research, so please dig deep and donate to this incredibly important organisation.
The cure is telling them they don’t have Alzheimer’s. They won’t remember being diagnosed.