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    We remain helpless in the ruinous path of Alzheimer’s

    RE “FINDING alternatives to potent sedatives” (Page A1, April 30): Many of your readers will be happy to learn about the changes that are taking place in nursing home care of dementia patients, but unfortunately, I am not one of them. Having lost several members of my family to this horrendous illness, all I can see is another affirmation that, notwithstanding oft-repeated assurances that important progress is being made toward finding a cure, the actual progress is virtually nil.

    There are currently more than 500,000 Alzheimer’s patients in Florida, and some families there are having microchips planted in seniors to prevent them from being lost.

    By all means, let’s continue providing stress-reducing llamas on the grounds of nursing homes, as in the one in Littleton that you featured. But let’s keep our eye on the reality here. Alzheimer’s is moving ahead at breakneck speed on a pathway that will be ruinous to this country unless it is checked soon. And nothing we are currently doing, nothing at all, seems to have the slightest effect on it.

    David Shipley