What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
One in 10 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. The cause of this debilitating dementia condition is unknown. Alzheimer’s destroys memory and cognition and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and getting early intervention may help to slow the progression of the disease. Stem cell therapy can also help treat the condition. Dr. Johnson offers stem cell therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive conditions.
What are the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Memory Loss. Memory loss is of the best-known and recognizable signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Failure to remember important dates or life events, depending on notes and other memory aids, and the inability to remember recently learned information are signs of diminished memory. Alzheimer’s disease patients frequently misplaced items and may accuse others of stealing when they cannot find things.
Problem Solving Difficulties a Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease
An early sign of Alzheimer’s disease can be difficulty solving problems, working with numbers or following instructions. In addition, some individuals experience a lack of focus and difficulty in completing tasks.
Loss of Time Reference and Short-Term Memory Loss are Common Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Many people with Alzheimer’s forget what time it is. Not just the time on the clock, but what season or year it is. They tend to focus on what is happening at the present. This means they also very often forget where they are and how they got there.
Communication Breakdown for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
Conversations become difficult for some individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. At times they may forget what they were talking about or repeat what they just said. Alzheimer’s patients often forget the names of common objects, which may make them feel confused or embarrassed.
Behavioral and Emotional Mood Swings are Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Some Alzheimer’s patients experience changes in their mood. They may go from happy to very angry or very sad quickly. These changes in mood often accompany changes in judgment or withdrawal from activities and social gatherings.
What are the Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Although the exact cause is unknown, researchers do know that Alzheimer’s negatively affects neurons in the brain, causing them to become inflamed and die.
Stem Cell Therapy for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
Stem cell therapy can help reduce this inflammation of the brain. Stem cells also have powerful immunomodulatory properties, which means they can reset the immune system to working normally once again. These factors may help slow the progression and even reverse the effects of the disease in some individuals. Stem cells from fat have helped some patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Family members in particular notice the improvement in memory and daily function. It is often the family that notice it is time to repeat a stem cell deployment. Some data suggests that early treatment may be more effective, but this is not certain at this time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease?
Most Alzheimer’s patients who are medically stable enough to come into the office are potential candidates for stem cell therapy. We believe that “the earlier the better” in Alzheimer’s patients. Active cancer or major infection would prevent an Alzheimer’s patient from having stem cell therapy. Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are better to stop for 2-4 days around the procedure. However, blood thinners often can be used with caution. Most other medications are safe for the procedure.