See What Is New In Dementia Research

Periodically I will search the web for newly publicized results of dementia trials and will post them here. So far, no “magic bullets” have been discovered and many scientists are focusing on studying present healthy populations to see what lifestyle differences may benefit/protect the participants as they age.

Their search for a cure through the influence of various compounds that might reverse the disease has so far hit a brick wall. The increase of funding by the Gates Foundation will hopefully spur science in a new direction that will have a great impact! Researchers are honing in on our genetic codes in hope that when they discover the genes effecting the various dementia diseases, they will then be able to reverse or prevent them.

5 thoughts on “See What Is New In Dementia Research”

  1. My wife has been told she has dementia .The doctor put her on 4 mg of GALANTAMINE. Is this effective for Dementia ?

    1. Hello Ray,

      Presently, there is no cure for dementia and most drugs that are used don’t show a marked improvement in memory, but some people do better than others. Yes, galantamine is one of the cholinesterase inhibitors as are donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon). It works mainly by increasing the level of a natural chemical called acetylcholine. This is a chemical that allows nerve cells in the brain to communicate with each other, and it has been found in testing that most dementia patients have less of this chemical. Many patients who are further along in their disease than your wife, are also put on memantine (Namenda).

      The doctors will probably start with a low dose of galantamine and work up to the dose that is most effective. Since it can cause GI side effects they like to work up to the proper dose.

      I hope you will go on and find the support group in your area that you can attend. They may also offer a “Newly Diagnosed” 8 week program for patients and their spouse or significant other (mother/daughter, father/son, etc). The support group is your most valuable tool in facing the changes your wife will undergo. Hopefully your local Alzheimer’s Association offers such a course because it not only educates the caregiver, but also teaches the person with the disease how to disclose to friends and family that they have the disease. It gives them new friends who like them are dealing with the disease thereby offering tremendous support that they are not alone. It covers legal updates you must make in your documents to keep you in good stead.

      I wish you the best in finding your way on this very difficult journey. I hope you will revisit this website for other avenues of support.

      1. Vicky, Just a quick note on your comments on the “Newly Diagnosed” 8 week course offered by the Alzheimer’s Association (Monroe Co.). To date, nearly one year after my husband’s diagnosis, the local chapter has not had one of these courses scheduled and I know I have become a thorn in their side for as often as I have asked the question. I do understand that “something is in the works for spring 2020″…so I am praying that this really does happen.

        1. Yes, Sandy. I have had a few people in my support group who really want this course too! I actually nudged the CEO and asked why it wasn’t taking place. They told me that they hadn’t had enough people sign up to actually schedule the course, so I encouraged all my group to call in and get their name on the list so the Association knows they are interested.

          I think there have been major changes going on in the Association (local) since they are under the national group and that is causing problems locally. Please continue to hound them until they deliver! It is so worth it to attend, if they manage to schedule the course this spring! I totally hear your concerns, and they are valid. But taking the walk with them is better than being alone! Also it is great that you are seeking out options with Lifespan!!

          1. Hi Vicky,

            You mention Support Group…..and in “SITR” you talked about a Support Group where both your husbands and you/Ann went at the same time (tho in different rooms). That has been a really sore spot for me with the ALZ Assn. Everything I have been aware of has been for Caregivers only, nothing for both or even just for the person diagnosed w/AD. I’ve expressed my opinion on several occasions to whomever would listen, however it wasn’t until I had a Care Coordinator from Life Span come to our house recently that I got the information about a support group for those diagnosed w/AD. Even tho it is sponsored by Life Span and is a fair drive from home, we attended our first meeting last week. At this time I am unsure whether my husband will “recall” that he enjoyed it very much when it comes time for the next group meeting in February….however…it is a start.

            With the “8-week class” being so delayed, I am afraid that when we do get the call that there is one scheduled we will either have appointments scheduled or ….(I am praying it won’t be the case)…it will no longer be of any use to my husband. That is out of my control, however I will keep asking the question of the Alz Assn. (And I was aware of the turmoil in the association after a discussion w/both my husband’s neurologist and Life Span… I just wish they had been more up front with me months ago.) Thank you again!

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