You probably know someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. More than 5.8 million Americans have the disease, and 1 out of every 3 seniors has Alzheimer’s or dementia at death.
Researchers are fast developing ways to diagnose the illness years before symptoms start: blood tests, retinal scans, brain scans. But if a reliable test was put on the market, would you take it? How much information about your medical future would you want, especially when it comes to a disease that currently has no cure? Wednesday on MPR News with Kerri Miller, we spoke with an Alzheimer’s researcher and a psychologist specializing in dementia issues about the moral dilemmas raised by medical developments.
Dr. Peter Rabins, professor emeritus of psychiatry and medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, author of the best-selling “The 36-Hour Day” and the upcoming “Is It Alzheimer’s?”
Shana Stites, clinical psychologist and researcher with the Penn Project on Precision Medicine for the Brain
To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.