Oct 2, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan
Welcome back! Thank you for visiting us for the last part in our four-part series. Today, our team of home health care experts will discuss the current and future treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, prevention, and care. All treatments are classified as medical or non-medical, but what is most important is that these treatments help pave the pathway to better prevention and a cure.
Unfortunately, as hard as it is to hear, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there have been decades of research and advancements that have left us with a path to head down and this path leads us towards a better chance of being able to fight the disease. Since 1996, there have been at least five different medications that the FDA approved for Alzheimer’s disease.
These medications all serve a purpose and are made for a specific stage of the disease and each one works to help improve communication within the brain and synapses. While these medications are used to help prevent symptoms and the disease, they cannot cure the disease and only offer temporary relief.
Fortunately, there are companies and researchers who are working on clinical trials to help find a treatment for the disease. These clinicals are open to the public, if you qualify. If you would like to participate in any of the clinical trials, take a moment to check out TrueMatch, which is a system that can help match you to trials.
While medication is used to help slow the progress of the disease, there are non-medical options that are often used by caregivers and home health care professionals. The types of non-medical treatments available include incorporating a routine, practicing memory tricks, eating proper foods and better nutrition, and exercise.
Alternative remedies have been sought out and are available, but they are not typically FDA approved, which means that researchers and scientists do not know the true side effects, which could lead to more harm than good if taken improperly.
It is important to know what happens to the brain as Alzheimer’s starts and progresses. As we start to learn more about how the brain reacts, we can move closer to the cure for the disease. The future of drug therapy looks at how to slow down or alter the process of the disease. Some of the different research that is being tested works to break down the tangles and plaques that form in the brain.
Researchers and scientists both hope that these medications can and will ultimately limit the amount of protein that does form in the brain and reduce how much is present. Both outcomes will work hand in hand to provide effective measures against Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 and the organization is a non-profit that focuses on Alzheimer’s care and Alzheimer’s research on a local, national, and global level. The organization has one main goal in mind and that is to be able to effectively and quickly extend current treatments to families and those who are affected by Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s Association is also responsible for holding the largest conference in the world and this conference shares information about Alzheimer’s disease and the future studies that are being tested to prevent, cure, and treat the disease. While you may not be a medical professional or scientist, you can still get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association to fight for a cure for the disease. Ways you can get involved include:
The Alzheimer’s Association holds the Walk To End Alzheimer’s and it is a wonderful way for you to get involved for the cause. This is one of the largest events that is committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Comfort Keepers of Madison, CT is proud to be a part of the walk and we welcome you to learn more, walk, or donate.