New hope for Alzheimer's patients?

New hope for Alzheimer's patients?

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - New hope for Alzheimer's patients?

Linda Jordan has Alzheimer's. She was diagnosed with the disease six years ago when she was just 55. "I just started forgetting things."

That's what made it tough for her doctors to figure out because most people are diagnosed when they're 65 or older. She had to give up her job at the Cleveland clinic.  "I would get lost when I would go to someone's home or I couldn't remember where they lived and I would have to call them every time I went over their house."

Linda's doctors put her on meds right away, and she and her family got support and care from the Alzheimer's Association.

She lives with her daughter Inez who has adapted her home to help with her mom's disease. Inez admits it can be challenging but she says thankfully there's help.  " it's happening to you or someone you know you just don't necessarily know it. The time is now to do something about it"

Linda and her daughter are hopeful. Earlier this year scientists at case western reserve university found a drug currently used to treat cancer reversed Alzheimer's in mice.  Lauren Brasse of the Alzheimer's Association says, "That's very exciting for folks to know there might be an improvement in Alzheimer's disease. So the next step would be to see if it would have an impact on human beings."

Linda says the study is promising.  "  Just the fact that there is something possibly out there that can help other people, cause I wouldn't want anyone to live through the fear that I lived through."

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