CogniFit's Science blog: Hopeful Developments For Alzheimer’s?

Hopeful Developments For Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain which can have devastating results. Let’s discuss some of the impacts of this and review some of the recent developments which may offer hope for sufferers of the disease and their loved ones.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which has no known cure. It affects the functioning of the brain by disrupting the flow of neurons. It also causes permanent injury to the brain by causing brain cells to wither and eventually die.

Since brain cells are not replaced, as the brain cells die there are many functions within the brain which deteriorate as well. The primary impact of the disease is on memory function.

In the early stages of the disease, sufferers experience memory loss. This can be simple forgetfulness.

They may not remember where they put an item or they forget about an appointment. However as the disease progresses, the memory loss may become more pronounced.

So the person may become lost or disoriented. They may not remember where they are and even where they live. Eventually the memory loss can become so pronounced that they will not remember loved ones or even who they are.

Eventually this disease leads to death as the brain forgets how to control even simple functions like heartrate or breathing. It is a very unfortunate disease and robs people and their loved ones of the ability of that person to lead a normal and full life.

There has been much study into what causes the disease and what things to be done to treat it. As it currently stands there is no cure for the disease. However there are promising treatments which have been shown to slow the progression of the disease. This may certainly improve the quality of life for sufferers and allow them to lead normal lives for a longer period of time than otherwise expected.

There are also a number of promising drug treatments which appear to potentially help stop and even reverse the progression of the disease. Many of the treatments are experimental and it may be some time before they are available for widespread use. However it is hoped that within ten years, there will be a number of viable treatments which can help to avoid the onset of the disease, slow its progression significantly or even reverse a number of symptoms.

In the mean time it is important to implement activities and functions which can enhance brain function to help overcome some of the debilitating aspects of the disease. There are a number of techniques available to do so. Check with your local health professional or visit informative websites related to dementia and Alzheimer’s for further information and support.