Every 68 seconds someone in our country is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading killer among the elderly. One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease. A growing body of research is also helping to identify various “lifestyle factors,” such as dietary habits, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which may influence one’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There is no cure; however, there is treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. There are tremendous amount of research from various research outlets from around the world on Neurogenesis, Neuroplasticity, self-cortical repair and sensory, motor procedural habituation memory model. 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.
Forty years ago, individuals that had suffered a stroke or had a disease like Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Motor Neuron disease etc were unable to return to their prior level of function, unable to return to their work environment or even function at their highest level of independence. Today, with the help of supportive pharmaceuticals and rehabilitation, many can. Why can’t the same be with Alzheimer’s disease?
In my mind, Alzheimer’s disease is just another disease. The intent is not to discount or diminish the seriousness of the epidemic or its impact on human race, however, to embrace and hold the disease by its horn and to do the needful to fight and combat the disease. Getting a good grasp of the disease enables us to understand and confront the disease and do all that is necessary to help the individuals with the disease and to enable them to live a life that is filled with quality and dignity.
Alzheimer’s disease just not only affects the individual that has the disease but the whole family. I believe that once the individual with the Alzheimer disease develops the ability to learn newer skills, create new memories, it will empower and enable them to perform functional tasks such as activities of daily living and basic cognitive functions. The ability to perform basic cognitive and activities of daily living functions will enable the individuals to live a life of less dependence and in turn enhance their quality of life.
Can an Alzheimer brain create new memories? Is new learning possible? Can memory loss be reversed? Is it possible for one with Alzheimer’s disease to function at their highest level of functional independence? Could we rehabilitate individuals with Alzheimer disease? To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, its prevention and treatment visit www.svayus.com and www.lanternlifestyle.com
Jean Makesh, CEO