Have you ever spent time in the company of someone battling Alzheimer’s disease? If so, you’ve likely discovered how difficult it can be to carry on a meaningful discussion of past events. Imagine how frustrating it is to have accumulated a lifetime of memories, only to realize they’re slowly slipping away, as Alzheimer’s is known for its ability to steal away those memories. And it’s long been assumed that once those memories are gone, they’re irrecoverable.
However, a new study points to a promising alternative: perhaps those memories haven’t been destroyed by the disease after all, and are, in fact, recoverable. Research performed on mice lends strong support to this theory, as those genetically altered to mimic Alzheimer’s appeared to regain memory when brain cells were stimulated with a special blue light.
Although quite a bit of work remains before this treatment can be safely translated into a human procedure, “The potential to rescue long-term memory in dementia is exciting,” according to Prerana Shrestha and Eric Klann of the Center for Neural Science at New York University.
At CareWorks Health Services, we’re honored to provide compassionate, therapeutic support for those with Alzheimer’s, and trusted respite care for those who love them.
Each of our Orange County, CA home care team members is thoroughly screened and background checked, including fingerprinting, skills testing, and a comprehensive 25-point assessment before being offered employment. And all of our California caregivers receive additional, ongoing training on the chronic conditions of aging, so you can rest assured that your loved one is in the very best of hands. Contact our senior home care office in Laguna Hills at 949-859-4700, or by email to learn more.