Bill Gates Tells Why He Is Helping Fight Alzheimer's Disease
Bill Gates, 62, recently revealed a heartbreaking truth about his 92-year-old father. Bill Gates Sr. is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which inspired his son to find a cure for this neurological mystery.
What is Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually has a slow start and gets worse with time. It causes a slow decline in memory and the development of dementia. The latter is a brain disease that causes the loss of ability to think and remember. It can also affect the emotional state, ability to speak, and creates problems with motivation.
The first symptom of Alzheimer's disease that usually occurs on the early stages is a difficulty to remember recent events. As it starts to worsen, other symptoms, namely disorientation, mood swings, loss of motivation, and problems with language, can develop. Alzheimer's progresses at a different speed, but the average life expectancy of people who’ve been diagnosed with it is three to nine years.
Up to this day, there is no treatment that can cure or slow the progression of the disease. Current drugs can only ease some of the symptoms.
Bill Gates has decided to donate $100 million in order to help fight Alzheimer's disease. Half of the sum will go to the Dementia Discovery Fund, an organization which is primarily focused on innovative research.
Gates worries that he might develop Alzheimer's disease like his dad, so he’s donating his time and money to find a way to cure it. To reduce his own risks, Gates made important lifestyle changes that include exercising on a regular basis and having a healthy diet.
He has an optimistic view for the future by saying that with the right resources, a cure and preventative drugs will be discovered, and the disease will be beaten.