We’re always thrilled to share the latest developments in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, but none have looked quite so promising as the latest: aducanumab. In the initial medical tests, researchers witnessed a substantial reduction in amyloid plaque in the patients’ brains, and even greater, “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 University of California, San Francisco.
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 goal will be to treat those who are known to be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s before the onset of symptoms.
As exciting as these developments are, there are, naturally, potential downsides to address. When the highest dose of the drug was given in the initial tests, some brain bleeding and swelling occurred. The next set of trials will include a larger number of participants, for a longer duration 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 type of dementia, and at this juncture it’s the only cause of death within the top ten in our country without an effective prevention or a cure.
If that doesn’t alarm you enough, consider that the financial burden to our nation is significant: $236 billion in 2016 alone, with half of that cost produced by Medicare – and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, slated to grow to a whopping $1.1 trillion by the year 2050.
At our north Atlanta home care company, we hope to see the day when the struggles of Alzheimer’s disease become just a memory. Meanwhile, we’re ready with customized Alzheimer’s care, provided by trained care assistants who bring a better quality of life and wellbeing to seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Whether the need is for assistance with personal care such as light housework and laundry services, bathing and dressing, transportation and errand-running, or just a patient, kind assistant to interact with the senior to the greatest of his or her ability, Regency Home Care can help.
Contact us at (678) 999-2446 for more Alzheimer’s care resources and caregiving information, or so that we can share more about how we can travel with you and your loved one throughout the journey of Alzheimer’s disease.