Participating in clinical trials has the potential to help both the individual participant and other individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or are at risk of developing it: You can play a more active role in your own health care. You can gain access to potential treatments before they are widely available. Without clinical trials, there can be no better treatments, no prevention and no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists work constantly to find enhanced ways to treat diseases, but improved treatments can never become a reality without testing in clinical trials with human volunteers.
Individuals with dementia or those who are at risk of developing it, caregivers and healthy volunteers with no dementia issues are urgently needed to participate in more than 250 actively enrolling clinical trials focused on Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Recruiting and retaining trial participants is now the greatest obstacle, other than funding, to developing the next generation of Alzheimer’s treatments. (Alzheimers Association)