Hidden Springs Resident Featured in CBS News Story for Remarkable Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease

Jul 25, 2023

Hidden Springs of McKinney Senior Living is proud to announce that one of its residents, Gail Youngdale, has been featured in a compelling media story on CBS News. The story, available here, highlights her inspiring battle against Alzheimer’s disease and her participation in the groundbreaking Leqembi clinical trial.

Gail Youngdale found herself facing a daunting diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. Determined to take control of her situation, she sought medical help, ultimately leading her to Kerwin Medical Center in Dallas. There, she became a participant in the Leqembi clinical trial, a significant breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research.

The story sheds light on the remarkable progress made in the field of Alzheimer’s treatment. Dr. Diana Kerwin, founder of Kerwin Medical Center and a renowned researcher in the field, emphasized the substantial impact of Leqembi on patients’ lives. Although not a cure, Leqembi significantly slows the progression of the disease, providing patients like Gail Youngdale with an improved quality of life and instilling hope for the future.

Gail Youngdale’s brave decision to participate in the Leqembi clinical trial has paid off tremendously. At 80 years old, she now experiences a heightened sense of clarity and calmness in her daily life. As a result, she has regained the ability to engage in activities and hobbies that Alzheimer’s had previously taken away from her. Gail’s resilience serves as an inspiration to all those facing similar challenges.

Hidden Springs takes pride in providing a nurturing and supportive environment for its residents, including those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The community offers a wide range of services and amenities designed to enhance the well-being and happiness of its residents. Gail Youngdale’s remarkable journey reinforces the importance of early intervention and comprehensive care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s.

“Ms. Youngdale’s journey is a testament to the strength and determination of our residents,” said Tommy Thomas, Executive Director of Hidden Springs of McKinney. “We are proud to have played a role in bringing CBS News to share her incredible story and raise awareness about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Gail’s experience exemplifies the importance of proactive care and innovative treatments for our seniors.”

This heartwarming story also resonates with families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, as Gail’s daughter, Teri, expresses her gratitude for her mother’s participation in the clinical trial. Teri shares her relief and hope for her own future, knowing that advancements in Alzheimer’s treatment will provide her with a fighting chance against the disease.

“We are thrilled to see the progress made in Alzheimer’s research and treatment,” said Carla Mariano, Executive Director of Claremont Place Senior Living, a Meridian Senior Living community in Claremont, CA. “As part of the ALZ Association National Advocacy, we joined forces on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. last winter to push for the FDA approval of this groundbreaking Alzheimer’s drug. Gail’s journey represents a victory for all those fighting against this devastating disease. It is a testament to the power of advocacy and the potential for a brighter future for those affected.”

Hidden Springs commends Gail Youngdale for her resilience and bravery, and the community stands united in supporting her and others battling Alzheimer’s disease. The CBS News story serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of research, innovation, and compassionate care in improving the lives of seniors.