“I am part of the Adult/Children Study at Washington University in St. Louis.  I have had three “Lumbar Punctures” (i.e. spinal taps), filled out numerous questionnaires, participated in incredibly boring psychological evaluations and tests, been scanned within an inch of my life (CT/PET scans and MRIs).  I’m a “control”.  My husband is also a test subject, as a child of an ALZ victim. My mother-in-law died of ALZ. It’s all part of helping scientists figure out the underlying causes of ALZ.  Once they know the causes, rather than the symptoms, they can look for treatments.  I don’t expect a cure w/in my lifetime.”