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Weigh the Pros and Cons of an Alzheimer's Clinical Trial Before Your Parent Signs Up

By HIlary and Greg Eldridge

There's no cure for Alzheimer's. It's a devastating disease for the person diagnosed with it. It's also hard on the family who watches the symptoms progress. As there are limited medications to help ease the symptoms, clinical trials are important.

Without trials, potential cures cannot be tested. Researchers look for people with Alzheimer's to test new treatments and medications. Your parent may be interested in an Alzheimer's clinical trial. Before they sign up, weigh the pros and cons.

Pros of Clinical Trials

If a treatment works, your parent could be one of the first people to be cured or helped by a new medication, test, or therapy. It can also help save others who have yet to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's. There's the satisfaction of knowing your parent made a difference to future generations.

Your parent may feel tremendous pride at being chosen to be in a clinical trial. It can raise a sense of hope that gives your parent meaning. It may brighten the overall mood. Being around others with the same disease can also help lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Cons of Clinical Trials

There are risks. While your parent is under a medical professional's care during a trial, trials of new medications are there to look for common side effects. Your parent could have a reaction that could impact his or her health. In some cases, the side effects can be severe.

Locations may require long drives. You might find that a clinical trial requires you drive hours once a month or each week to have your parent evaluated by the team running the trial. You need to decide if the location is convenient.

If a treatment doesn't help, your parent may feel disappointed. It may impact the mood and lead to a tremendous feeling of hopelessness.

If your parent does sign up for a clinical trial, rides to the medical office are important. Do you have the time to drive them? One of the benefits to senior care is transportation. Caregivers can drive your parents to and from medical offices, stores, and other area businesses. In addition, caregivers can help with light housework, laundry, and scheduling appointments.

While all of this help is available, there's another benefit to senior care that's often overlooked. Caregivers offer companionship. If your parent doesn't have frequent visitors or family in the area, it's easy to become lonely. Talk to a senior care agency about companionship services today.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Lilburn, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.