Modern Alzheimer's research is an example of the sort of success story that starts with determined patient advocacy and a few scientists, leading to a huge and well-funded research community, now close to cracking the problem. From the Enquirer: "much has changed over the past two decades. Today, there are four FDA-approved drugs available to temporarily relieve some symptoms of the disease. Even more encouraging are the advances being made in our understanding of Alzheimer's. Researchers are getting closer to conquering Alzheimer's, with breakthrough studies published almost weekly." Healthy life extension activists could do worse than to repeat the successes of Alzheimer's, AIDS and cancer advocacy in helping to create dedicated, well-funded research communities.