Unfortunately there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there have been advancements in how patients are cared for in regard to everything from medications that can ease symptoms to identifying signs of the disease at a point where treatments may be more beneficial. Today, the Boca Raton Alzheimer’s care experts are going to share some of these novel advancements.
Medications to Help with Memory Loss
Two new types of medications, cholinesterase inhibitors for patients in the early and moderate stages of the disease, and memantine for patients in moderate to severe stages of the disease, were recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use with Alzheimer’s patients to treat cognitive symptoms and issues with thinking and reasoning.
Treating Very Early Causes of Alzheimer’s
Some new strategies involving Alzheimer’s care are centered around treating very early signs of Alzheimer’s in the brain rather than focusing solely on the symptoms. In particular, this includes a group of microscopic proteins (beta-amyloid plaques) that have been identified as a possible sign of Alzheimer’s. Aimed at blocking the production of this clump of proteins, these new strategies include:
- Production Blockers - This strategy involves stopping the activity of two enzymes associated with the production of the clump of proteins linked to Alzheimer’s.
- Immunization – Researchers are looking at a possible Alzheimer’s vaccine. While the vaccine showed some promise during clinical trials, results have yet to be fully assessed. The study did, however, show that immunization against beta-amyloid plaques could affect processes within the brain.
Preventing the Collapse of a Key Brain Cell Transport System
Recent research into Alzheimer’s care is primarily aimed at identifying signs of the disease as early as possible so that treatments can begin sooner rather than later. An example of this trend is current research into low-level brain cell inflammation believed to be associated with Alzheimer’s. In fact, researchers have identified a protein called tau that twists into tiny fibers, resulting in the collapse of a vital brain cell transport system. Scientists are looking for a way to prevent this process from occurring.
Finding Help for Alzheimer’s Care Today
If you have an aging parent or loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, provide them with the support they need with in-home Alzheimer’s care from Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton. Because care is delivered in the comfort of your loved one’s home, they can maintain their regular routines and independence, something that is vitally important in managing symptoms of the disease. Our professional and compassionate caregivers are also specially trained in Alzheimer’s care as well as our Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which was designed specifically to help promote brain health and mental acuity for seniors.
To request more information or a complimentary, in-home consultation, call 561-826-9282 and speak with a friendly Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton, FL today.