Francis states, “Thanks to a recent breakthrough in dementia studies and treatment, I am currently recovering from early onset Alzheimer’s. That is correct. I am one of several thousand people in the United States following the recently developed Bredesen Protocol and, as a result, my memory and my life have been restored to order. In this book, I will take you on my journey and will tell you about the Bredesen Protocol that saved my life. I also provide helpful information for caregivers and outline the different kinds of dementia. I believe that, once you have read this book, you will feel empowered, whether you are facing dementia yourself or are caring for someone who is. You are not helpless. You are not alone. And, there is hope. I’m living proof of this.”
In 2009, Francis began having serious problems with his memory. It took three years before he was diagnosed, and he wouldn’t admit to himself or anyone else that his mind was slipping. He was afraid, but more than that, he believed that even if he had dementia, there was nothing that could be done. He thought dementia was irreversible and terminal. Now he knows he was wrong.
“Defeating Dementia … is a critically important account that should be read by the millions in the early stages of dementia, their caregivers, the many at risk for dementia, and the families searching for the very hope that McNear provides.” Dale E. Bredesen, M.D.