Research has recently been performed regarding a drug that could change the lives of many older adults. The Scottsdale, AZ, Alzheimer’s home care experts at Home Care Assistance discuss these new findings and what they might mean for seniors living with Alzheimer’s.
Hope for Seniors with Alzheimer’s
An early study of a new drug called aducanumab is giving hope to the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s. In a study recently published in Nature, the drug’s manufacturer, Biogen, said aducanumab appears to slow the rate of cognitive decline and memory loss in individuals with Alzheimer’s. The drug works by attacking toxic forms of amyloid proteins, which create the plaques that destroy brain cells in seniors with Alzheimer’s.
Potential Side Effects
As with any drug, aducanumab is not without possible side effects. As the plaque is destroyed, fluid can build up in the brain. In rare instances, bleeding in the brain has also occurred.
Next Steps to Take
Although the original study results were promising, the trial involved less than 200 participants. Biogen has already started two additional clinical trials involving nearly 3,000 participants, but it will be several years before the results are revealed. If these large-scale trials show the same results as the initial study, it would seem to confirm the hypothesis that amyloid is the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s.
Additional Medications Being Studied
Aducanumab is not the only potential Alzheimer’s drug in development. A monoclonal antibody drug called solanezumab is being investigated to see if it harnesses the body’s own immune system to prevent amyloid from forming plaques. Initial trials showed the drug is most effective when administered during the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The drug pioglitazone, originally approved to treat diabetes, may also be beneficial in treating Alzheimer’s. Researchers believe this drug may reduce the low-level brain inflammation found in seniors with the disease. Ultimately, the best approach may be to use a combination of therapies to attack the disease from all angles. Researchers hope one day Alzheimer’s will be like any other chronic disease that can be easily managed with medications.
If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease, there are many things you can do to enhance his or her quality of life. For instance, Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale offers a revolutionary program called the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), which uses engaging activities to stave off cognitive decline. For more information on CTM and the elderly care Scottsdale seniors rely on, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (480) 771-2710 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.