A Cure for Alzheimer’s: Why We’ve Never Been Closer
With Alzheimer's research dollars now totaling over $900 million, is it possible the race towards finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease could be entering the home stretch? As those with loved ones impacted by the disease watch and wait with bated breath, a variety of trials – some with greater success than others – seem to be pointing to a similar conclusion: rather than one silver bullet to cure Alzheimer’s, a combination of medications and lifestyle changes will likely be needed 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.
According to Ronald Petersen, the director of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, “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, At Home Senior Care is monitoring Alzheimer’s disease developments, and as we wait for a cure, we’re here to help with Alzheimer’s disease care. Contact us any time at (866) 747-7168 if you would like assistance with Alzheimer’s care in Vermont.