Sep 17, 2018 by Shannon Meller
We are happy to see you back for part four of our four-part series. Today, our home health care experts will talk to you about the current and future treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, care, and prevention. These treatments can be either non-medical or medical, but what is most important is that these treatments help lead us down the path to better prevention and a cure for the disease too.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s; however, recent decades of research and advancements have left us with a solid foundation to work towards fighting the disease. Since 1996, there have been at least five different medications that were approved by the Federal Drug Administration or FDA.
Each one of the medications is made for a specific stage or even multiple stages of the disease and these medications work to help improve communication within the synapses of the brain itself. While these drugs have helped make progress, they do not prevent the actual disease and only provide some relief, which is temporary.
Fortunately, there are several clinical trials that are currently being conducted to help find better treatment for the disease. If you would like to participate in a clinical trial or you know someone who does, the Alzheimer’s Association has come up with the TrueMatch system to help.
While medication is used to help slow down the progression of the disease, non-medical treatments are available and widely used by home health care professionals. The types of non-medical treatment available include practicing memory tricks, incorporating a routine, eating the proper foods, and exercises.
Alternative remedies have been sought out, but, they are not FDA approved and they are not always understood as well as researchers would like, which means they can do more harm than they can good, especially when used improperly.
It is vital to understand what happens to the brain when Alzheimer’s disease is present. As we learn how the brain reacts, we can move closer to a cure to the disease. The future of drug therapy aims at slowing down or altering the process of the disease. Some of the research that is currently being tested concentrates on the break down and creation of the proteins that inhibit both tangles and plaques in the brain.
Scientists and researchers hope that they will be able to limit the amount of protein that is formed or reduce the amount that is present in the brain. Both will go hand in hand together to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and provide an effective preventative measure.
The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 and is a non-profit organization that is responsible for Alzheimer’s care and Alzheimer’s research on a local, national, and global level. The goal of the organization is to be able to effectively and quickly extend current treatments to families who are affected by the disease.
The organization is also responsible for holing the largest conference in the world that shares data about Alzheimer’s disease and future discoveries to prevent, cure, and treat. While you may not be a scientist or researcher, there are ways that you can help the Alzheimer’s Association and others fight for and find a cure for the disease. Ways you can get involved include:
Held by the nationwide Alzheimer’s Association, The Walk To End Alzheimer’s is a great way for you to get involved. This is one of the largest events that is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Comfort Keepers is proud to be a part of this event and we welcome you to learn more, donate, or walk.
Check out some of our photos from this year's recent walk!