Scientists Around The World Meet In Chicago To Learn More About Alzheimer's, Find Cure

Michele Fiore
July 23, 2018 - 8:58 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Scientists from over 70 countries are in Chicago this week, trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. 

More than 5,600 people are attending the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference this week at McCormick Place. One of the early presentations at the conference talked about longevity after diagnosis.

"We actually saw some new evidence at the conference from the Netherlands saying that the average lifespan of a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's is just slightly over six years," said Dr. Keith Fargo, Chicago.

But, Dr. Fargo said there are variations in that, they've seen some live 20 years after Alzheimer's diagnosis.

"Some people are going to pass away more quickly than others. We've even seen cases where people live past diagnosis almost 20 years, but on average you are probably looking at three to seven years," he said.

What you can do now to keep your brain strong?

"Making healthier eating choices, exercising frequently, stopping smoking, making sure your blood pressure is controlled..." Dr. Fargo said.

The Alzheimer's Association calls it 10 Ways to Love Your Brain.

To those who suspect Alzheimer's runs in their family, chances are it doesn't. Dr. Fargo said one in three will get Alzheimer's if they live past 85, so if you have longevity in your blood, Alzheimer's is more likely age-related.