Narrator: This is Science Today. One of the
most unsettling aspects about Alzheimer's Disease
is the fact no one can really feel immune to it.
Dr. Lennart Mucke, a neurology professor at the
University of California, San Francisco, says while
some cases do have clear inheritance patterns, they
represent just a small percentage.
Mucke: It can happen to absolutely everybody.
And that's I think, a very important awareness because
I believe that our mental faculties are probably
one of our dearest possessions.
Narrator: Mucke is one of many researchers
working towards better treatment of Alzheimer's
Disease, but he says public activism is lacking.
Mucke: Some of the lack of that activism
may come from this sort of resignation - well, you
know people are old and you lose your memories and
that's just how it is. But I think that with more
and more people living to be ninety-five and a hundred
and some of them are crisp and clear mentally and
active. I think more and more people will realize
that there really is no reason why they shouldn't
be like that.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.