Although a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has been elusive, with so many exciting developments discarded for their ineffectiveness at reversing or even impacting the existence of the disease (more than 99% of them, in fact, and a full 100% failing to slow its progression after symptoms are evident) – scientists now believe they can best impact the disease prior to when symptoms appear.
Scientists believe this will be the best approach for clinical interventions because by the time cognitive symptoms appear, the disease has already been active in patients for a decade or more. Researchers are hopeful that the latest drug trials on “pre-clinical Alzheimer’s” patients may show “an appreciable slowing of brain degeneration,” allowing for as many as five to ten or more years of healthy life before dementia symptoms become evident. As Dr. Reisa Sperling of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital describes it, “Many more people would die of ballroom dancing instead of in nursing homes.”
Over 1,000 at-risk participants are being tested with the new A4 treatment (Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s), which involves monthly infusions for a period of three years, as well as PET scans, MRIs, spinal taps, and more. Although grueling, the potential outcome is well worth the inconvenience.
Atlanta Home Care Partners is always on top of the latest developments in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, and we’re hopeful these latest trials result in, if not a cure for Alzheimer’s, at least relief for the millions who suffer from the disease. In the meantime, we invite you to reach out to us for professional Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care to improve quality of life and wellbeing for our area’s seniors battling the disease – and the families who care for them.