We’re always thrilled to share the latest dementia care news and developments in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, but none have looked quite so promising as the latest: aducanumab. In its first clinical trial, scientists observed a significant decrease in the level of amyloid plaque in the patients’ brains, and even better, “This is the first antibody tested where the people who had the greatest removal of amyloid from their brains also saw the greatest stabilization of their clinical decline,” according to Dr. Adam Boxer of the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco.
Aducanumab appears to stop further memory loss, which creates an unrivaled level of hope – and the best part is that it may be available to patients in as little as five years. The goal will be to treat those who are known to be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s before the onset of symptoms.
Even as we celebrate this research, there are disadvantages to note. When the highest dose of the drug was given in the initial tests, some brain bleeding and swelling occurred. The next group of medical tests will involve a longer amount of time, a larger number of participants, and careful evaluation of risks vs. gains.
Currently impacting as many as 5.3 million Americans, and projected to increase to an estimated 16 million by the year 2050, the effect of Alzheimer’s disease is catastrophic. One in three seniors dies with some type of dementia, and at this time it’s the only cause of death within the top ten in our country without effective prevention or a cure.
Additionally, the financial stress of dementia care is staggering to our nation: $236 billion in 2016 alone, with half of that cost associated with Medicare – ready to grow to a whopping $1.1 trillion by the year 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
At Atlanta Home Care Partners, it’s our dream to see the day when the struggles of Alzheimer’s disease become a memory. But for the time being, we’re here with the patient, professional senior care Atlanta families need and deserve, provided by trained caregivers who bring improved quality of life and wellbeing to Alzheimer’s patients. Whether the need is for help with personalized care such with bathing and dressing, light housework and laundry, transportation and errand-running, or merely a kind, patient companion to engage the senior to the most of his or her ability, Atlanta Home Care Partners can help.
Want to learn more about our dementia home care services in Atlanta and the surrounding area? Contact us at (404) 228-0103 for more information and dementia care resources, or to allow us to share more about how our Atlanta caregivers can walk beside you and your loved one throughout the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.