Caregiver-Drugs on the Horizon for Those with Alzheimer’s

Elder Care in Waxhaw NC: Researchers Putting the Pieces Together.

Elder Care in Waxhaw NC: Researchers Putting the Pieces Together.

As a family caregiver for a loved-one with Alzheimer’s, you probably scout the papers on a regular basis, looking for information that may suggest a cure for this form of dementia is close at hand.  While a cure has not been found, there are several promising studies headed in the right direction.  Retain your hope, appreciate today and know that tomorrow may lead to better understanding.

 

What Researchers Have Discovered…

-Beta-amyloid is a protein that is found in abnormally high levels in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.  Researchers have determined how it is formed. Medications are now being developed that will block the enzyme needed for its creation, prevent the protein from clumping together to form plaques, and finding antibodies that will clear it from the brain.

One such antibody, Solanezumab, has been found to prevent the formation of plaques as well as carry it away from the brain.  While the drug is still in research and not available to the general public, studies are being conducted to determine if it improves memory, thinking and functioning in test subjects.

-The tau protein found in the tangles of the brain is another hallmark associated with Alzheimer’s. AADvac1 is a vaccine that has been created that prompts the immune system to attack a form of tau protein.  This could result in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s.  Studies being conducted on this drug should be completed by 2019.

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is used for communication between brain cells.  People with Alzheimer’s have been shown to have low levels of this neurotransmitter.  A drug—Interpirdine—is currently being tested to determine if it is has the ability to increase the amount of acetylcholine, providing nerve cells the chance to maintain normal communication.
National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s was released in 2012.  It allocates $50 million to support Alzheimer’s research.  The goals are to prevent and treat the disease by 2025 as well as optimize care, expand support, increase awareness and track progress.  The group US Against Alzheimer’s believes that this disease can be stopped by 2020 and can be achieved in part due to the development of drugs and other promising treatments on the horizon.

Clinical Trials
Much of what has been achieved thus far is due to participants in clinical trials.  If your parent is interested in pursuing this option, a service that matches volunteers with trials can be found at Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch.

If you or someone you know needs elder care in Waxhaw, NC, contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare.  We provide quality and affordable care for many disabled and elderly loved-ones in our community.
Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

 

Resources:
http://www.alz.org/research/science/alzheimers_treatment_horizon.asp
http://www.usagainstalzheimers.org/crisis?gclid=Cj0KEQjw1ufKBRDYrqLzrY3dy88BEiQAPI_r4Rdbk8l0Ph3rIQHtFetT5g0093Bpf_7QjKdNkiAj5SwaAtOY8P8HAQ

About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.
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