Without a doubt, one of the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s is the disturbing and often unpredictable swings in behavior and mood, taking a toll on both the person suffering from Alzheimer’s and those who care for him or her. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the personality changes experienced can be the determining factor for families in deciding whether it’s possible to keep their loved one at home, or if a move to a residential facility is necessary.
Promising new research, however, is offering hope for person’s with Alzheimer’s who wish to age in the comfort of home! What if your brain could be adjusted like a dimmer switch to correct a dysfunction…adjusting the brain “up” or “down” to bring new life to dying areas of the brain or to calm hyperactive areas? For those with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression, it appears we are getting close to a procedure that can do just that.
Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is becoming a much more precise method, helping physicians pinpoint brain disturbances and intervene within brain circuits and adjust behaviors and moods to help patients with these diseases live more normal lives. This fascinating TED talk from Dr. Andres Lazano shows a dramatic demonstration of using DBS to stop tremors in a woman with Parkinson’s disease as well as illustrates how DBS can turn parts of the brain that have been shut down by Alzheimer’s back on.
Watch how DBS can help people with a variety of ailments and diseases lead healthier lives.
At Regency Home Care of North Atlanta, we know firsthand the struggles families face in determining what’s best for their loved one with Alzheimer’s. Our Atlanta home care services, provided by our specially trained and compassionate caregivers, are like a breath of fresh air to overwhelmed families. Let us partner with you to restore peace and purpose to your loved one with Alzheimer’s. Call us at 678-999-2446 to learn more.