Yesterday, a medical professional commented on my page that when I use the word treat, I mislead people to believe that ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE is curable. She also highlighted the fact that even people that live a cleanest life style, have Alzheimer disease. I as a clinician, view treatment and cure differently. There is a big difference between treatment and cure. Treatment could be a plan, a process or a methodology to manage a disease to enhance quality, fulfillment among many others. On the other hand cure means that after medical treatment, the client no longer has that particular condition any more. Now regarding a “Clean lifestyle”, What is a “Clean lifestyle?” Research points out that there are 8 things that one must do to enhance Synaptoblastic (Synapse making) in order to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. How do we know for sure, one has lived a clean lifestyle all their life. The information is subjective. This morning I read a new research that talks about “Alzheimer’s could start affecting brain development from as young as 3. Research also points out that Alzheimer brain markers are seen in a 20 year old brain.
We as providers and caregivers can continue to do what we have been doing for the last 20 years- which is watch and care for our clients as they progress through the various stages of the disease or we could do something different by engaging in treatment methodologies to enable our clients live a life that is fulfilling and engaging. In my mind QUALITY should be a given- It is every human’s birth right! Treating individual with Alzheimer’s disease is DIFFERENT and UNHEARD of. We as caregivers and providers have a choice- a. We could have our clients live in a locked up unit or create an environment that humanizes them and enables them to engage and live a life that is fulfilling. b. Care for our clients as they slip away from us or design/innovate/invent treatment methodologies to enhance their functional skills. We as providers have to be creative and figure out ways to help our clients. IF WE DON’T, WHO WILL?
There are tremendous amount of research from various research outlets from around the world on Neurogenesis, Neuroplasticity, self-cortical repair etc. All of these give hope to us as clinicians to help our clients with the disease.We are very hopeful that one day we would be able to rehabilitate our clients with Alzheimer’s disease.
We just can’t keep doing what we have been doing for the last 20 years. Our clients deserve the best and they deserve the very best effort from us.
Jean, where did you go to high school?8/9 complete
IntroCEO, Lantern Group