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With Alzheimer’s Awareness Month right around the corner, there’s no better time for the Tracy senior home care experts to share valuable information on recent Alzheimer’s studies.
About the Study
A new study called Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s is in the process of being completed with a group of 1,000 volunteers, aged 65 to 85, who are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In order to qualify for the study, the volunteer cannot exhibit any outward signs of Alzheimer’s. Participants are medically assessed in order to determine the amount (if any) of amyloid plaque buildup in the brain. The theory is that the gradual buildup of amyloid plaque deposits over a long period of time in the brain can affect the memory and possibly cause the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
What the Study Hopes to Accomplish
The A4 study will determine if amyloid antibodies can successfully break down this buildup and effectively reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the geriatric population. Participants in the study are engaged by the researchers for a period of three years. They will receive either the treatment or placebo once a month and continually be monitored throughout the duration of the study. Memory tests, among other types of tests, will be administered in order to measure the effectiveness (if there is any) of the investigational drug.
What Results Means for the Aging Population
If this study determines that Anti-Amyloid Treatment is effective in reducing the risk of memory issues and Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly, millions could potentially benefit. This would prove to be a major breakthrough in the fight against memory-related illnesses and conditions, especially the most drastic–Alzheimer’s disease.
The National Institute of Aging, together with Eli Lilly and Company, and several other organizations have all partnered together in order to conduct this study and hopefully further the fight against Alzheimer’s.
If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you’d like to learn more about Tracy Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our expertly trained Alzheimer’s caregivers are available 24/7 and can ensure your loved one remains safe and comfortable in their own home. Call a trusted Care Manager at (209) 650-8500 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.