Because there’s still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, treatment typically focuses on slowing symptom progression and minimizing memory loss as much as possible. The good news is researchers are currently working to develop and fine-tune new treatments that may produce better results for people with Alzheimer’s. Keep reading to learn about some of the latest treatments and future possibilities for treating Alzheimer’s disease.
Targeting Abnormal Protein Clumps (Plaques)A class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies are being developed and tested to prevent abnormal protein clusters in the brain (plaques) from forming. These plaques have long been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. A leading pharmaceutical company has been testing a specific type of monoclonal antibody called solanezumab for people with Alzheimer’s who have mild or moderate cognitive impairment. However, based on the results of initial clinical trials, in February 2020, it was announced that solanezumab doesn’t appear to work for this purpose. Even so, there are still plans to continue testing in the hope of using this monoclonal antibody for treatment during the preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s.
Treating Brain Cell InflammationAccording to Scientific American, Alzheimer’s contributes to brain cell inflammation that damages nerve signal connectors called neurons. A diabetes drug called pioglitazone was tested for the purpose of reducing this type of inflammation, with lackluster results. Research is currently being done on another drug called sargramostim. If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, help is just a phone call away. Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Des Moines live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life.
Preventing Tau TanglesTau is a protein that contributes to the collapse of an important brain cell transport system. When this happens, the result is a tangle of tau proteins often seen in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s. Clinical trials are currently underway to test vaccines and inhibitors that may prevent these harmful protein tangles from forming.
Using Insulin Nasal SprayResearchers are testing insulin nasal spray as a possible way to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms. The reason for doing so is because of the way insulin affects brain cell function. There’s also the possibility that changes in insulin levels may be related to Alzheimer’s.
Trying Hormone TherapyIn one study referenced by the Mayo Clinic, estrogen-based hormone therapy appeared to protect memory and thinking abilities in women experiencing early menopause. However, additional research has produced mixed results.
Investigating a Possible Heart-Brain ConnectionThe Mayo Clinic also cites research suggesting a link between heart and blood vessel health and various processes within the brain that could be related to Alzheimer’s. Researchers are currently looking at drugs commonly used to treat heart-related issues for Alzheimer’s management or prevention purposes. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Des Moines Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.
Addressing Symptoms NowUntil the latest Alzheimer’s treatments become widely available, safely perfected, or officially authorized for public use, there are still ways to address symptoms in a loved one you’re caring for. There are currently five FDA-approved Alzheimer’s drugs that could slow the progression of symptoms. Seniors with Alzheimer’s may also benefit from:
- Behavioral and psychological therapies
- Relaxation techniques to help with Alzheimer’s-related mood issues
- Cognitive training
- Regular social engagement