Diagnosed with Alzheimer's? Here Is What You Should Know About Clinical Trials

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you have a lot of decisions to make. You will need to make arrangements for long-term care, and consider your treatment options. Alzheimer’s disease is not currently curable, although top-notch memory care locations can support the quality of life and overall health of the residents. It might be years before you need to move to an assisted living location, as Alzheimer’s progresses slowly. In the meantime, consider becoming a participant in a clinical trial to advance scientific knowledge of this devastating disease. Your participation may play a part in finding a cure someday.

Purpose of Clinical Trials

The primary purpose of clinical trials is to find new treatment options for the disease. These may include drugs intended to slow the progression of brain damage, halt the brain damage entirely, or manage the symptoms more effectively. During any clinical trial, the researchers focus on the treatment’s safety profile and effectiveness. Only drugs that are proven effective and have a favorable safety profile can be approved for use in the U.S.

Types of Clinical Trials

There is a slight difference between clinical trials and clinical studies. Clinical trials only test the effectiveness and safety of medications or other medical interventions. Clinical studies involve people too, but they may research other aspects of the disease. Diagnostic studies look for more effective and accessible ways of diagnosing Alzheimer’s as early as possible. Prevention studies are aimed at looking for new ways of preventing Alzheimer’s. And quality of life studies examine ways of improving quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

Participants in Clinical Trials

People who join clinical trials after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease generally do so because they recognize that the disease has reached epidemic proportions, and they wish to do their part to improve outcomes for others in the future. Every participant helps by adding to the body of knowledge about this devastating disease. Participation is voluntary. If you decide to join, you can also decide to drop out at any time.

Avalon Memory Care takes a unique approach to continuous care in Dallas, Houston, and Arlington. It stems from our sincere belief that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease deserve nothing less than dignified, respectful assisted living services delivered by highly trained, compassionate caregivers. If you or a loved one needs Alzheimer’s support, you can reach us at (214) 752-7050.

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