Just the word, Alzheimers, is dreaded worldwide and the scientific community is on the verge of transformational developments fighting the battle to put an end to this diagnosis. It is predicted that the first survivor is alive today, the cure no longer “if” but “when.” And that incredible news brings joy to those diagnosed or soon to be diagnosed.
There is a dynamic community of scientists who will be instrumental in halting the onslaught of Alzheimers. Financial funding is being secured as we speak for projects that have shown amazing and life altering results for those enrolled in some of the clinical trials.
The University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center has achieved impressive results in the field of research and patient care. This is groundbreaking news for the 5.5 million people in the U.S. that impacts dollar cost at $200 billion per year. The disease is expected to impact approximately 14 million American by 2050.
The outlook is that this will become a very major problem. Huntington Potter, PhD, professor of neurology in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who has spent his career researching the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease says, “It’s not just a health problem, but a societal problem.”
Alzheimers-Dementia is Conquerable
Complex interactions which includes genetics, environment, lifestyle and coexisting medical conditions contribute to the predisposition towards developing Alzheimer. Some risk factors cannot be changed, others such as high blood pressure and lack of exercise can be addressed to reduce the risk. Research in these areas are targeted to detect those at highest risk. Brains are complex. Alzheimer’s disease is complex. So, genetics, nutrition, education and other factors are all part of teaching tools that can stave off a diagnosis.
Different studies target specific trigger points. It becomes necessary for the public to understand the effects of diet long term. It pays to have a lifetime healthy diet but it helps if you adjust it no matter what age.
Social Interaction Connection
The risk of cognitive decline rises as we age unless we maintain strong social connections and stay mentally active. We’ve all heard that those who do cross word puzzles and games boost verbal skills and dementia risk. A game of crossword daily can improve mental functions in patients with brain damage or early dementia. And what about the use of video games to stimulate those patients with brain trauma? It may be due to the fact that social and mental stimulation strengthen connections between nerve cells in the brain.
Let us not discount the new drugs researchers have developed that help those diagnosed in many ways. It is best to speak to your doctor about what works specifically for your individual case. In our August 2019 blog we discussed unlocking the secrets of Alzheimers. So little by little the secrets have begun to reveal themselves, paving the path to a cure. There are so many families waiting for credible, significant updates to the clinical trial results. Some trials are working to slow down the effects of the disease while others aim towards research into a definite cure!
Hang in there, the breakthrough is coming soon.