In the world of medicine, researchers often find that a specific strategy that they were using to find an advance in one field of medicine is a failure, but the same or a similar strategy can be effective in another area. That’s exactly what Alzheimer’s disease researchers are discovering now. A strategy that was once employed to try and help those with this type of dementia have found that although it didn’t provide the benefits that they were hoping for with Alzheimer’s patients, those who have suffered from or are at risk of a stroke might be the ones who are better off thanks to their efforts.
Alzheimer’s researchers have been interested in the tau protein and its relationship to the development and progression of the disease in the past. However, they have recently discovered that tau deficiencies have proven to be helpful in mice brains when strokes are induced. Lowering the amounts of the tau proteins that were thought to be a major part of Alzheimer’s has actually helped to protect mice in this instance. High tau levels are associated with early death in Alzheimer’s, but lowering these levels has not proven to be a cure for the disease.
Trial and error is a part of the research process, and this goes way beyond medicine. Best selling authors have stories about receiving hundreds of rejection letters before they sold their first book. Thomas Edison is reported to have said of his failed attempts to create a light bulb that he didn’t consider them failures, but rather 999 different ways to not create the light bulb before finally arriving on the answer. Any advancements in the field of medicine are welcome, and when things like this happen, they should be applauded for the successes they are. Even if they don’t help the original audience, they are still a big benefit to our elderly loved ones, and that is a great thing.
To be fair, this line of Alzheimer’s treatment is not a failure. The area of study is still being explored.
Senior care might not be directly related to the medical research process, but medical advancements can make senior care easier to apply. For example, if better emergency care techniques were created, caregivers could potentially save lives if they knew exactly what to do if someone were suffering from an emergency situation. This is an extreme example, but it is a realistic one. When you hire a caregiver, you want to know that they are fully trained and up to date on the applicable knowledge for helping an older individual out. Hopefully they will never need to use that specialized knowledge, but if your mom or dad were to need assistance, you want a caregiver with them that can get them the help that they need as soon as possible.
We stress that you spend some time looking at different care options before you make a decision. If you have questions, feel free to call Paradise In-Home Care today to schedule a free consultation. We might not be the best choice for your family, but if we are, we would love to help you out.