With over $900 million in funding now available for research, could the race towards finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease possibly be entering the home stretch? As we watch the wide variety of research trials proceed, people with loved ones impacted by Alzheimer’s and those of us in the home care industry keep tabs while collectively holding our breath. Thus far, the trials appear to be pointing to a similar conclusion: rather than one simple solution to cure Alzheimer’s, a combination of lifestyle changes and medications may be necessary in order to win the battle.
Of particular interest, one of the latest studies that has results expected sometime this year, is showing exciting results in lowering the brain’s beta-amyloid levels – the protein thought to play a role in destroying the neuron. Also underway is a vaccine study, along with a trial to track brain changes to help those who are not yet exhibiting symptoms, but who are at an increased risk due to certain gene mutations.
Ronald Petersen, the director of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center said, “It’s a breathholding time for the field; I think the field is in so much of a need of some kind of positive indication that we are on the right track. I think we can have a little more optimism about drug trials that are coming down the road.”
As always, Home Sweet Home In-Home Care in St. Joseph, MI, is monitoring Alzheimer’s disease developments, and as we wait for a cure, we’re here to help with Alzheimer’s disease management. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease in the St. Joseph area, contact us any time if you would like a partner in Alzheimer’s home care.