David Cameron has announced a scheme to train a million volunteers for such a task and, in this little corner of Kent, you can already see the difference they make. Calm and cheerful, they communicate calm and cheer to their interlocutors. As they turn the pages of books designed especially for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, you can sense the soothing energy pulsing from them.
The concept seems fraught with potential missteps: Large puppets perform stories written collectively by nursing home residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The puppets play characters with those conditions: Florence, Mary, Rose, Henry, Elwood.
After years on the sidelines, Dr. Claude Wischik, who now lives in Scotland, sees this as tau's big moment. The company he co-founded 10 years ago, TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd., has developed an experimental Alzheimer's drug that it will begin testing in the coming weeks in two large clinical trials.
Ask the Expert features Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, who will answer questions related to Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. He is a professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and an author of “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan.” Dr. Doraiswamy has also served as an adviser to government agencies, advocacy groups and businesses.
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Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses her new book, "Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver." Check your local PBS station for broadcast schedule.