At Home Care Assistance of Naples, we are committed to providing the highest level of care to our clients, and that means staying up to date with what’s going on in the senior care industry! If you have an aging parent, grandparent or loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, here is some information about the latest advancements in Alzheimer’s care.
Currently, there are five FDA approved medications to treat Alzheimer’s; however none can reverse the symptoms of the disease. Scientists have been searching for a way to both treat disease and stop the progression of brain cell damage, and recent news points to the idea that a handful of treatments currently being tested may have the potential to do just that.
A promising new drug on the horizon may be able to arrest memory changes that occur up to 15 years before they become serious. The discovery is a molecule referred to as MW108. In a study involving mice, MW108 stopped an overactive enzyme in the brain before it destroyed brain cells. Once developed and approved, the resulting drug is expected to have the power to effectively treat both early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s.
Another Alzheimer’s treatment in the early testing stages is the use of insulin as a nose spray. Initial results indicate that when sprayed into the nose, insulin quickly travels to the brain and improves memory. Since insulin also regulates blood sugar levels, researchers say the nose spray can also help keep blood sugar levels from dropping, thus minimizing common Alzheimer’s symptoms such as confusion and palpitations. Further research is needed before the spray is approved to treat Alzheimer’s, however it does have the potential to help minimize the effects in the early stages of the condition.
Another recent advancement that is gaining popularity is Habilitation Therapy, a non-medical approach to Alzheimer’s care that promotes positive emotion and behavior modification. The technique was developed by Paul Raia of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Association. The therapy emphasizes redirecting a patient’s unwanted behavior while validating their emotions, helping to maintain the dignity of Alzheimer’s patients and achieve a better quality of life.
If you have an aging parent, grandparent or loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s click here for information about our specialty care for seniors with Alzheimer’s or contact us today at 239-449-4701 and speak with a devoted Care Manager.