Every day, researchers work hard to find ways to slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease. One of the latest studies involves the use of a pacemaker in the brain to slow the brain’s decline. Could this treatment being studied by neurologists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center help slow the symptoms your mom or dad will face?
How the Brain Pacemaker Works.
With this brain pacemaker, a device similar to a pacemaker used in the heart was placed in the brain’s frontal lobes. They targeted the frontal lobs as that’s where skills involving problem-solving, planning, and judgment take place.
Once the electrodes were implanted within the brain, electrical pulses were set off within the brain. These small electrical pulses can alter brain cells and chemicals. It can help slow abnormal brain pulses.
Deep brain stimulation has been used for years on major depressive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain. It’s used when medications are not helping. While it’s considered a safe procedure, there are some risks that include brain bleeds, infection, and stroke.
The Results of the Study.
Three people with Alzheimer’s disease had the brain pacemaker surgically implanted. For two years, stimulation through the pacemaker was completed. All three seemed to benefit from the procedures. After two years, one of the participants was able to cook basic recipes again. She was also able to plan a vacation, manage her money, and choose appropriate clothing. One participant did not improve, but the progression of the disease slowed.
With this positive trial, those involved in the study are now looking at ways to use the pacemaker without implanting the electrodes surgically. If they can do that, this could be a viable way to help people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
When your parent has Alzheimer’s, you need to make sure that elderly care is always available. In the first few years, main symptoms are memory loss. As the disease progresses, your parent may find it impossible to pay bills, cook meals without risking a kitchen fire, or to remember how to get home.
In the advanced stages, your parent may no longer know how to use the toilet or take a shower without help. Wandering is a possibility. Remembering how to swallow is also a problem in the advanced stage. At this point, elderly care is vital. You might opt to provide some of that care, but you’ll still need breaks. Elderly care services make it possible to take breaks without putting your mom at risk.
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