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Widower of Lexington Alzheimer’s patient reacts to newly approved drug

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:02 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The FDA has approved a new drug in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

The newly approved drug, called Aduhelm, sounds promising but it’s not a cure.

We talked with the widower of a Lexington Alzheimer’s patient who gave us his insight on how this new medical breakthrough could bring hope to the patient and the caregiver.

“Well, you said the correct word, hope, because that’s all we have at this point, we don’t have a cure. We have hope,” Ron Borkowski said.

Aduhelm does not prevent Alzheimer’s but clinical trials have shown it to slow the progression of the disease.

“Carol was on a similar drug and she took it for two years,” Borkowski said.

Carol and Ron were married for 58 years.

Ron says the two-year medical trial she was on kind of put her mental disease on pause.

“It may have given us two more good years with Carol that I enjoyed,” Borkowski said.

Dr. Michael Paul Murphy is with UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. He’s an expert on the effects of the disease and says he’s cautiously optimistic about this new drug.

There’s going to be some risk with this and it’s not really certain,” Dr. Murphy said. “I think the balance of the evidence indicates it’s probably going to work and this is why it’s a conditional approval, not a straight-up approval.

It’s important researchers continue to progress because experts believe the six million people that currently have Alzheimer’s in America will double by 2050.

“We’re hoping that this will trigger additional funding for research additional clinical trials additional ways that we can fight this disease,” Dr. Murphy said.

After a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s, Carol died in March 2020.

Borkowski says he has hope that future caregivers and patients will benefit from a new drug that will slow a disease that hurts so many families.

“As long as it helps the people that you’re caring for to me that’s well worth it,” Borkowski said.

To honor his wife, Borkowski is working to help raise money for a new UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging facility to help cure Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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