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Old Cancer Treatment that Brings New Hope for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’sWhat if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but three devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s? Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center are hopeful that nilotinib fits the bill. Presently approved for use in people that have one type of leukemia, a small trial is creating great excitement in its promising results to rid the brain of toxic proteins.

Georgetown’s medical director of the translational neurotherapeutics program, Fernando Pagan, explains it this way: “Our drug goes into the cells to turn on that garbage disposal mechanism. And if we’re able to degrade these proteins, we could potentially stop the progression of this disorder.”

Due to the encouraging results of the small trial, a larger, more in-depth trial involving 75 patients with Parkinson’s and 42 patients with Alzheimer’s disease is underway. We hope these results will be just as exciting, but regardless, the years of research that have gone into testing nilotinib as well as other new potential developments are helping lead the way towards feasible treatment solutions, or perhaps an eventual cure.

Mice trials have demonstrated some encouraging results, with Parkinson’s mice actually being cured. It’s likewise proven effective in a small number of human trials in individuals with Parkinson’s and dementia, for which there currently is not a treatment designed to stop or even slow the progression of the diseases. For those in the initial testing phase, improvements in a variety of areas were noted: speech and mobility, most notably.

The next part of the study is expected to be completed in about a year, and patients with either Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s are currently being enrolled for the study. Additional information regarding the upcoming Alzheimer’s study is available here, while information about the Parkinson’s study can be found here.

For additional resources on supporting those with Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease, call on the aging care experts at Alliance Home Health Care & Hospice. We are able to provide a full range of professional in-home care with our properly trained and knowledgeable specialized Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s caregivers. Contact us in Albuquerque at (505) 884-4080 or in Gallup at (505) 722-7522 to schedule a complimentary in-home assessment or to allow us to answer any questions you may have.

Electrifying New Development for Stroke Recovery

Stroke RecoveryDeep-brain stimulation, a treatment sometimes used for Parkinson’s patients – is being tested on a stroke survivor. Doctors are hoping that the process, which involves implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of the patient’s brain, will reverse the patient’s paralysis post-stroke and restore mobility.

To understand how a stroke hinders normal brain function, Laurie Ann Bonkoski, a speech therapist, compares a stroke to a home whose front entrance has unexpectedly become obstructed by a fallen tree. In her work, she’s determined to get around that blockage and access other paths that can help regain as much functionality to the patient as possible.

To work in tandem with therapy to make new neural pathways, Dr. Andre Machado of the Cleveland Clinic implanted the very first deep-brain stimulating electrode into a stroke patient as the initial first step in this clinical human trial. The next phase will be to switch it on, sending the electrical impulses that he hopes will induce brain growth. Depending on the outcomes of this trial, various other conditions are lined up for comparable tests. University Hospital neurosurgeon Jennifer Sweet shares, “People are studying the benefit of this for addiction; we know that it can be effective in obsessive compulsive disorder, it’s been used to treat Tourette’s; it may even be an option for anorexia or obesity or hypertension.”

Alliance Home Health Care & Hospice of Gallup, NM is going to be keeping an eye on developments in this research. Meanwhile, for those who have a loved one who’s suffered a stroke, contact us for in-home care assistance to make improvements to his or her quality of life. We could help in any of the following ways:

  • Planning and preparing nourishing meals according to any prescribed dietary plan
  • Helping with light cleaning and laundry
  • Conducting a safety assessment of the home to help reduce fall risks
  • Providing escorted transportation to health care appointments or other excursions
  • Picking up medications and running errands
  • And much, much more

Ready to Unclutter? This Advice Can Help!

UnclutterMost of us have at least one area of the house that’s designated as the catch-all for everything from our high school yearbooks and stacks of photo albums to boxes of clothes, tools, and assorted memorabilia that we may have a use for “someday”. Garages, attics, closets, and hope chests were made for just such a purpose, right? Continue reading “Ready to Unclutter? This Advice Can Help!” »

The Surprising Impact of Opioids on Seniors

Impact of Opioids on SeniorsPerhaps, like many of us are prone to do, you have a preconceived notion of certain stereotypical groups of people. For example, what comes to mind when you hear the words “drug addict”? A young adult struggling to get through daily life without a fix, maybe resorting to a life of crime to finance his or her habit? Continue reading “The Surprising Impact of Opioids on Seniors” »

Help for Sundowning Gives Caregivers a Rest

SundowningThose caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease know that as the day winds down, the stressors can ramp up. Sundowning, a common experience in dementia in which seniors become agitated, fearful, and restless during the evening hours, is exhausting for all involved. Frustrations escalate as family members try to keep the older adult calm and safe, while trying to get some rest themselves. Continue reading “Help for Sundowning Gives Caregivers a Rest” »

Caring for an Older Loved One? Reduce Stress with These Life Hacks.

Caring for an Older Loved One“There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Has this been your mantra lately? Those in the sandwich generation in particular – who simultaneously are taking care of children and their senior parents – can easily become overwhelmed with being pulled in so many different directions. We invite you to set aside just a few precious moments to implement these sanity-saving tips: Continue reading “Caring for an Older Loved One? Reduce Stress with These Life Hacks.” »

Avoid Senior Malnutrition with These Facts on Nutritional Needs for Older Adults

Nutritional Needs for Older AdultsWith all the busyness in life, how many times do we grab a cup of coffee and a donut on our hurried way to work, stopping for fast food on the way home to avoid having to cook? Younger adults with a high metabolism, optimum muscle strength, and fewer chronic health conditions can get away more easily with temporarily poor eating habits; but nutritional needs for older adults are much more crucial to maintain. Continue reading “Avoid Senior Malnutrition with These Facts on Nutritional Needs for Older Adults” »

Be Sure to Take These Steps Before Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home

Caring for Aging ParentsNow that Mom’s given up the car keys and is beginning to move around a bit more slowly, the decision has been made to divvy up her care needs between yourself and your siblings. Someone needs to take her to the grocery store, doctor’s office, and beauty shop. Someone else needs to take care of laundry and housework. And of course the yard needs to be maintained. But there are some other crucial elements to taking on the care of aging parents that need to be addressed but often go unnoticed until there’s a problem. Continue reading “Be Sure to Take These Steps Before Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home” »

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care Tips

Dementia and Alzheimer's CareIf only providing care for a loved one with dementia came with a handbook, rather than the trial-and-error-and-trial-again method so many of us are faced with. The various stages of the disease that need to be worked through make it all the more challenging; as soon as we begin to feel fairly adept at managing one phase, we’re on to the next. Continue reading “Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care Tips” »

True or False? Reducing Saturated Fat Improves Heart Health. Surprising Research.

heart healthIt’s hard to make healthy dietary choices when recommendations seem to change from one week to the next. We’d been told that saturated fats from sources such as butter, red meat and fried food were detrimental, but later research indicated there wasn’t enough proof that those who gave up these delicacies improved their heart health – and so, we were given the green light to choose butter over margarine once again. Continue reading “True or False? Reducing Saturated Fat Improves Heart Health. Surprising Research.” »

Home Health & Hospice Care

  • Alliance Home Health Care understands the difficulties associated with in-home care. Our nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, medical social workers, dietitians, and home health aides work closely with a patient’s physician to establish a proper treatment plan.
  • Our hospice care services are designed to help our patients live each day to the fullest extent possible in your home—and to provide comfort and support to their families as well. Patients receive visits as needed, and the hospice team is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for support and care, as needed.
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