Sep 14, 2018 by Cindy Adkins
Welcome back to our last part of this four-part series to bring awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Today, our home health care team will talk about some of the current and future treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, care, and prevention. All the treatments are either non-medical or medical, but what is the most important is that each one of these treatments will lead us down the path to a better idea of prevention and cure for the disease itself.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, recent advancements and decades of research have started to pave the way for a solid foundation to work with. Since 1996, there have been at least five different medications that have been FDA approved for Alzheimer’s disease.
These medications are for a specific stage or multiple stages within the disease and they work to improve the communication within the synapses of the brain itself. These drugs have worked to make a lot of progress, but, they do not prevent the disease and only offer some temporary relief.
One of the recent advancements towards understanding Alzheimer’s is clinical trials. These trials help to find better treatments for the disease. If you or someone you know would like to participate in a trial, you can locate one nearby using the TrueMatch system to help.
Medicine is often used to slow the progression of the disease and non-medical treatments are available too. Many of these non-medical treatments include memory tricks, eating the proper foods, incorporating a routine, and exercises.
There are alternative remedies that are out there, but they have not been FDA approved and have not been well studied, so it is important to approach their use with caution as they could do more harm than good when used improperly.
It is important for scientists and researchers to understand what happens to the brain during Alzheimer’s. Understanding of this will allow for a move towards a cure for the disease. The future of drug therapy works to slow down and alter the process of the disease. Some of the research that has been done and is in the testing phase concentrates on the breakdown and the creation of the proteins that inhibit both plaques and tangles.
Researchers and scientists hope that they can limit the amount of protein that if formed and/or reduce the amount that is already present in the brain. Both go hand in hand with each other to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and provide an effective preventative measure.
In 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association was founded, and it is a non-profit organization that is committed to and responsible for Alzheimer’s care and Alzheimer’s research nationally, regionally, locally, and worldwide. The goal of this organization is to quickly and effectively extend current treatments to families who have been affected by the disease.
This organization holds the largest conference in the world that shares data about Alzheimer’s disease and the future cure, prevention, and treatment. While you may not be a doctor or scientist, you can help the Alzheimer’s Association and here is how:
The Walk To End Alzheimer’s is held by the Alzheimer’s Association and is one of the largest events that work to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and also raise funds for it. Comfort Keepers is proud to be a part of this event and we invite you to learn more today, walk, or donate.
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Place: University of Puget Sound | 1500 North Warner St. Tacoma, WA 98416
Times: Registration at 11am | Ceremony at 12pm | Walk at 12:30pm