New Treatment Could Bring Us Closer to Ending Alzheimer's Disease

For decades researchers have been dedicating their efforts to understand and find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Though these efforts are still ongoing, we have learned more about the disease and found ways to lower a person’s risk or manage their symptoms once a diagnosis has been made. The latest breakthrough comes in the form of a new FDA-approved treatment that may have brought us one step closer to ending the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Provident Village at Creekside proudly offers multiple levels of memory care to individuals and families in Smyrna, Georgia. We want to share information about this new Alzheimer’s disease therapy and what it could mean for the future.

Aducanumab: What Is It?

Aducanumab, the generic form of Aduhelm™ from Biogen, is the first FDA-approved Alzheimer’s disease treatment since 2003 our next step. Even though this new treatment is not the cure for Alzheimer’s disease itself, it is the first therapy of its kind. 

Aducanumab is the first therapy to be produced that addresses “the underlying biology of Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s Association).” In the past, treatments for Alzheimer’s only addressed the symptoms of the disease, not the underlying cause. As a result, these treatments can lessen the impact that Alzheimer’s has on a person’s daily life, but they do not impact its speed of progression. 

Aducanumab aims to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by attacking and reducing the number of amyloid plaques that build up in the brain. This could mean that individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can maintain their independence, sustain relationships with friends and family, and hold onto their memories for longer.

Who Benefits from Aducanumab?

The FDA is not requiring any specific diagnostic testing, but the label indicates that aducanumab is meant for treating Alzheimer’s disease based on the presence of amyloid-beta plaques. Therefore, an individual will need to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and have a physician confirm that they have amyloid plaques in their brain before they are prescribed this therapy.

Additionally, this therapy is the first to “demonstrate that removing amyloid from the brain may delay cognitive and functional decline in people living with early Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association).” This means that those living with the early stages of the disease will likely see the most benefits from this treatment, further proving the importance of early detection and diagnosis to preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association also states that “there is no evidence that aducanumab can restore lost memories or cognitive function.” Still, the sooner an individual receives the treatment, the more benefits they will likely get from it.

How and Where is Aducanumab Administered?

Since this therapy has only recently been approved by the FDA, nationwide distribution and implementation will take some time.

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory changes or has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, speak to your physician about aducanumab as a potential treatment option.

For those approved for treatment, “aducanumab is administered intravenously (IV) via a 45- to 60-minute infusion every four weeks (Alzheimer’s Association)” and can be administrated in hospitals, infusion therapy centers, or even at an individual’s home by a specialized nurse.

Illuminations Memory Support

Illuminations at Provident Village at Creekside is memory support designed for those living with early-onset memory loss. Through meaningful activities, programming, and socialization opportunities, we support each individual by enhancing their self-esteem and creating a renewed sense of purpose in life.

Memory Care in Smyrna, Georgia

At Provident Village at Creekside, we understand the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and treat our residents with the dignity and respect they deserve. Our care partners focus on individuals’ strengths to create opportunities that promote laughter, joy, and overall well-being. To help residents remain as independent as possible, we provide compassionate care tailored to their specific needs.

Amenities included for both Illuminations and Memory Care include:

  • Individualized care and service plans
  • Emergency call systems
  • Secure memory care garden area
  • Private rooms
  • Three meals daily
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry services
  • Scheduled transportation services
  • Daily social activities

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is still ongoing, but this new treatment has brought us one step closer to finding the cure! To learn more about our levels of memory care in Smyrna, Georgia, contact Provident Village at Creekside.

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