Alzheimer’s care continues to advance on all fronts, from efforts to identify genetic clues that may be able to predict who is at risk for getting the disease, to research into dietary changes that may improve key brain functions. As a leading provider of Alzheimer’s home care in Naples, we’re excited to share some of the most promising advancements in Alzheimer’s care that may bring new hope to both people at risk for developing the disease and individuals currently living with Alzheimer’s:
Early Detection Research
Researchers are currently working to identify certain biological markers associated with Alzheimer’s in an attempt to improve early detection abilities. One study is looking at the behavior of certain proteins within the brain that may have a link to the disease. There are currently no validated Alzheimer’s bio-markers. In 2012, the FDA approved a molecular imaging tracer (drug) that may eventually be used to detect early signs of cognitive decline.
A long-term study suggests that increasing the amount of vitamin D in a person’s diet may help maintain cognitive abilities and reduce the risk of dementia-related conditions in adults. Another study suggests that an antioxidant-rich diet (bright veggies, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts) may also help improve brain function.
Researchers are in the process of drafting proposals that would update the standard criteria used to identify the stages of Alzheimer’s to better reflect current understanding of the disease. This could help with early detection, and provide seniors with the immediate support needed to delay the onset of the disease.
Additionally, a pair of new studies suggests that patients with Alzheimer’s may be at an increased risk for developing some other serious health conditions, including anemia and seizures. Understanding this relationship could help to prevent more complex complications of the disease, and thus help to prevent them from occurring. The result could be an enhanced quality of life for seniors and older adults living with the disease.
The Future of Alzheimer’s Care
A multi-country study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association shows that many people incorrectly believe that the disease is a normal part of aging. Another study by the Alzheimer’s Association suggests that the condition remains “grossly misunderstood,” despite being the second most feared disease behind cancer, highlighting the need for advancements when it comes to education about Alzheimer’s. While the above advancements show great hope for the future, it’s important to know that there are support services available to seniors and their families in Florida.
Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of Naples senior home care, and has a team of experienced and compassionate caregivers who are expertly trained in how to care for seniors with memory conditions including Alzheimer’s and dementia. To learn more about these valuable care services, schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager by calling 239-449-4701.