Since it was identified more than a century ago, researchers have not been able to create a comprehensive and effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. While this is a well-known fact among Lincoln senior home care providers, it may be about to change. Thanks to the efforts of researchers from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, there may now be hope for millions of adults diagnosed with the disorder.
Neurodegenerative Treatment Program
The group of scientists developed a 36-point program that evaluated 10 adults aged 49 and up who were demonstrating varying types of mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Based on the findings for each participant, researchers recommended changes in varied aspects of the adult’s life including diet, physical activity, sleep schedules, prescription and OTC medications and the need for dietary supplements. Three to six months after entering the program, nine out of 10 of the volunteers demonstrated or experienced dramatic cognitive improvements.
Cognitive Treatment Inspiration
Dr. Dale Bredesen, professor and director affiliated with both institutions, explained the inspiration behind the innovative treatment plan. Bredesen shared that after more than a decade of research and hundreds of clinical trials, the pharmaceuticals used to treat Alzheimer’s offer patients moderate effects at best. The scientist concluded that Alzheimer’s research must take a different route from a one-size-fits-all solution.
Many medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and HIV are complex disorders that require a combination of therapies. However, in the case of dementia and Alzheimer’s, this avenue has not been explored. Bredesen decided that rather than offering a single medication solution, Alzheimer’s also needed a broader therapeutic approach.
Further Studies Needed
Although the first clinical trial produced amazing results, Bredesen believes that more testing on larger groups of cognitively impaired adults is necessary. While the results from the first study proved sustainable, the treatment program results must also be repeatable. The complexity of treatment and lifestyle changes also may not appeal to all adults, but the findings offer some hope to seniors and their Lincoln Alzheimer’s caregivers.
As researchers work to finding a solution for Alzheimer’s, families can turn to Home Care Assistance to look after their loved ones. We provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Lincoln that bolsters physical, emotional, and cognitive wellbeing. Additionally, we help seniors by offering prescription pick-ups, medication reminders, and safety monitoring. Call (402) 261-5158 today to learn more about our cognitive services and set up a no-obligation consultation.