Alzheimer’s Updates for Colorado Caregivers
Many of the seniors we work with in Colorado live with Alzheimer’s disease. For families and caregivers, it is an emotionally and physically demanding illness to try to manage alone. That is why we try to share information on newer research and clinical trials on a regular basis on this blog. While progress is slow at best, there are many scientists dedicated to continuing the fight.
Progress in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Here are a few of the more recent clinical trials and on-going research on Alzheimer’s disease:
Inflammation and Tau: This newer research highlights progress in developing a new method for detecting and tracking the inflammation that is believed to be linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
New Class of Alzheimer’s Drugs: A recent study is looking at whether a new class of Alzheimer’s drugs can directly attack symptoms of the disease, as well as the disease process. Early tests on mice are showing positive results.
Early Onset Diagnosis: In this new study, scientists are working on a blood test that could detect the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Additional research will be continuing on a broader group of participants.
Tau Not Plaques: This research is exploring the idea that protein tau, not plaques, is the cause of Alzheimer’s. Scientists behind this project believe when the tau experiences a malfunction it can lead to death of the neurons.
Type 2 Diabetes Medications: The link between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s has long been of interest to scientists. A study from the United Kingdom explores the idea that the drugs used to treat Diabetes may help to protect the brain and even repair previously damaged neurons.
Finding a Clinical Trial for a Senior Loved One with Alzheimer’s
If you or a Colorado senior you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, participating in a clinical trial may be something to consider. The Alzheimer’s Association Trial Match is one way to investigate what research is currently being conducted in your area and which ones are looking for participants.
Need more advice on caring for your loved one with dementia? Contact us at 970.204.6977 today! From personal care needs and case management to guardianship concerns, Seniors in Transition provides consulting services to help families turn frustrating health care problems into quality, affordable solutions. Seniors in Transition is here to help families in the Fort Collins, CO and Loveland, CO areas.