As care providers, we’re always thrilled to share the latest developments in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease
, but nothing has looked quite so promising as the latest: aducanumab. In its first medical study, experts noticed a large decline in the amount of amyloid plaque in the patients’ brains, and even more interesting, “This is the first antibody tested where the people who had the greatest removal of amyloid from their brains also saw the greatest stabilization of their clinical decline,” according to Dr. Adam Boxer of the Memory and Aging Center at the San Francisco University of California.
Unlike existing treatment options with limited and short-term effects, aducanumab’s halting of further memory loss offers an unprecedented level of hope - and may be available to patients in as early as five years. The aim will be to assist those who are known to be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s before the start of symptoms.
As exciting as these developments are, we know as Alzheimer’s caregivers
that there are potential problems to tackle. When the highest dose of the drug was given in the initial tests, some brain bleeding and swelling occurred. The next trials will include a larger amount of participants, for a longer amount of time, and careful evaluation of risks vs. benefits.
Currently having an impact on as many as 5.3 million Americans, and proposed to increase to an estimated 16 million by the year 2050, the consequences of Alzheimer’s disease are devastating. One in three seniors dies with some form of dementia, and at this point it’s the only cause of death within the top ten in our country without a cure or prevention.
If that weren’t troubling enough, the financial burden is harmful to our nation: $236 billion in 2016 alone, with half of that cost attributed to Medicare - which is expected to grow to an amazing $1.1 trillion by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
At Cascade Companion Care, it’s our dream as caregivers to see the day when the struggles of Alzheimer’s disease become a memory. But for the time being, we’re here with patient, professional dementia care, provided by trained caregivers who bring improved quality of life and well-being to Alzheimer’s patients. Whether help with care is needed, such as transportation and errand-running, bathing and dressing, light housework and laundry services, or just a kind, patient companion to encourage the senior to perform to the greatest of his or her ability, Cascade Companion Care can assist.
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