Thursday, February 20, 2020
For researchers and providers of Alzheimer’s Care, 2019 has been a significant year providing new, essential information to shape the future! This is excellent news for researchers, doctors, seniors, and their families alike. Below, we’re taking a look at some of the most important items we learned in 2019.
When it comes to catching early symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and even diagnosing it, a blood test didn’t really get the job done. But researchers are actively working to develop an easy blood test to aid in detection and diagnosis! This would offer both less invasive and more accessible technology for Alzheimer’s Care.
Research says that lifestyle choices matter a lot when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease. The more healthy choices you make throughout your life, especially regarding nutrition and physical activity, the less likely you are to develop Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Good health practices include eating plenty of vegetables, not smoking, and partaking in mentally stimulating activities.
If an older adult is already struggling with sensory impairment issues, like hearing or vision loss, then they are more prone to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. In an effort to prevent sensory impairment from occurring, seniors are encouraged to undergo sensory screening every so often for preventative or corrective measures.
Differences in Men and Women
For reasons that doctors are still trying to understand, women are more susceptible to Alzheimer’s Disease than men. In fact, two-thirds of people with Alzheimer’s Disease in the US are women. One thing that researchers did learn is that there is a difference between the sexes in terms of how Alzheimer’s Disease progresses and spreads in the brain, being more rapid in women than men.
Last year, over 500 new drug targets were identified. Main focuses of these drug targets have been to reduce inflammation in the brain and protecting nerve cell health. Research continues to develop into 2020 with more clinical trials and greater funding.
If you would like further information and support regarding Alzheimer’s Care for your senior, we are here to help. Please call Concierge Care today to schedule your consultation and discuss solutions with our home care experts.