There has been another step forward in the understanding of what Alzheimer’s disease is and how it impacts people. Although we are still a long way away from a cure for this form of dementia, scientists are learning more about the disease, which helps get a little bit closer to figuring out how to better help those that are suffering.
This time, researchers looked at mice for more information on how Alzheimer’s impacted people at the genetic level. What they found was that changes in brain genetics change over the course of Alzheimer’s disease–and those changes are very consistent. Several different studies were looked at during this analysis to help make the findings as accurate as possible.
Because mice and humans are quite similar when it comes to brain chemistry, it is also believed that these changes are going to be very consistent within the human brain, too. If that is true, then this means that looking at genetic structures will allow doctors to know exactly which stage of Alzheimer’s someone might be at. The goal is these findings can help doctors to provide more effective and targeted treatment toward those with the disease. That part of things is still a little ways off, but not very far. It’s a big step toward that goal. Researchers also have stated that this finding might help doctors to slow down or even temporarily halt the spread of the disease.
This team of researchers recently published their findings in the scientific journal eNeuro.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Still, researchers have made a lot of progress when it comes to improving the quality of life that people with this disease face. It might not eliminate the symptoms and the issues that people with Alzheimer’s face, but it does help to make their lives a little bit better for a little bit longer. This progress is helping people, even if it is only a little bit at a time.
Do you have an older loved one that is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease? Good, safe senior care is likely at the top of your list on how you can help them live a better life. Memory care–senior care that is sensitive to the needs of those with dementia–is an important component of life for people that have Alzheimer’s. It can’t take their dementia away, but it can make their life a lot easier.
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