It is very difficult to watch an elderly loved one live with a degenerative neurological condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Research by a team of scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the UCLA Easton Laboratories offers some hope to seniors living with these medical conditions and their North Broward Alzheimer’s caregivers. For the first time, a research study has shown that it is possible to reverse memory loss instead of just halting or slowing it.
The researchers chose ten subjects who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of cognitive impairment. They then used a 36-part therapeutic program that included certain medicines, exercises, brain stimulation activities, diet changes, and sleep patterns. After a few years of taking part in this program, subjects showed remarkable improvements in memory.
Study author Dr. Dale Bredesen revealed that the follow-up testing indicated that the subjects’ memory went from abnormal to normal. For example, one 66-year-old man started out with decreased brain volume and was in the 17th percentile among his age group in terms of memory, but his hippocampal volume increased to the 75th percentile upon completion of the program. Another 69 year old had lived with memory loss for 11 years, but after the study, he remembered how to perform mathematical equations and recognized old coworkers.
Though the results of the study are astounding, it was a very small study. The researchers hope to expand their program to a wider range of test subjects to see how effective it is for all sorts of demographics. It may be a small study, but its impact will be very large. It shows that the best way to treat memory loss may be a multi-targeted approach that completely changes an individual’s lifestyle instead of a treatment plan that relies on a single medication or therapy option. Further research may one day help North Broward dementia care agencies develop new ways to care for seniors with dementia.
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