Alzheimer’s, a word that makes us all ponder the possibilities of it entering our private circle. Living with the disease is a struggle but, some areas can be managed. From U.S Department of Health and Human Services * Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living.
The Emotional Toll
This is just an overview and does not take into account the toll the disease takes emotionally and financially. Most people cannot even consider the financial cost of caring for a loved one. The Alzheimers Foundation of America is an organization that was Founded in 2002 by a loving caregiver. They provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by this and other related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure.
So Many Resources
The Alzheimer’s Association is dedicated to promoting awareness of the latest Alzheimer’s research, resources, and news. There are many local services available for patients and caregivers and in Denver the local chapter, is the premier source of information and support for Coloradans living with dementia and their families and caregivers. Currently the statewide network of seven offices is closed as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are still provide a broad range of free programs and services, funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research, and advocacy efforts on behalf of Coloradans.
The Fight Against Alzheimer’s
So where do we stand in the fight against Alzheimer’s? Science Daily published an article April 22, 2021 Source: Albert Einstein College of Medicine stating that Researchers have designed an experimental drug that reversed key symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. The drug works by reinvigorating a cellular cleaning mechanism that gets rid of unwanted proteins by digesting and recycling. them. This new experiment shows potential against Alzheimer’s. And so, the quest for some help to fight against Alzheimer’s continues in so many centers in the country. But despite many promising leads new treatments are slow to emerge, says the Mayo Clinic informative web page.
WebMD released a report from Mach 15, 2021 concerning an experimental drug appeared to slow cognitive decline in people with early Alzheimer’s disease, according to newly published research. The Psychiatric Times also published n March 17, 2021 information about the first disease modifying therapy for Alzheimer’s
If you or your loved one has received a recent diagnosis and seek information about Alzheimer’s a good resource is on the Alzheimer’s Association research page which discusses current alternative treatments and provides an overview of tomorrows projected studies. You can even find a place to participate in clinical trials. Talk to us at Gold Leaf Home Health, we understand the enormous challenges you face and can help guide you towards viable solutions.