An estimated 5.8 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Of this population, about 5.6 million people are age 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible disease that slowly but severely impacts memory and cognitive skills, eventually impacting the ability to carry out simple tasks like speaking and walking.
Dementia is defined as the loss of cognitive functioning. This includes memory, thinking, judgement, and reasoning to where it interferes with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, anyone experiencing dementia-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Do you have difficulty remembering new information? Have you experienced severe memory loss? Do you have symptoms of disorientation and mood and behavior changes that have become increasingly worse? Do you have deep confusion about events, time and place? Do you have difficulty speaking, swallowing or walking?
Having an accurate, meaningful assessment can be reassuring and give a better understanding on how to move forward with treatment. Neuropsych evaluations can be helpful to see what areas were affected and how severely they were affected, whether it’s memory, attention, executive functioning, language or others. Some people have only a diagnosis of dementia or a mixed diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We will use multiple, specialized tests that will give you insight into your symptoms, written out clearly for you in your assessment report. The report will also include clear next steps to start you on your treatment path.
Neurofeedback is an all-natural approach that makes lasting changes at the source: your brain’s imbalanced brainwaves. We can use neurofeedback to train your brain back to a balanced environment and target certain skills like executive functioning or language or memory, depending on analysis of your individual brain map. We can also add in a skill-based brain training called LearningRx that can help train and improve cognitive skills including attention: selective, divided, sustained, memory: long-term or working/short-term, logic and reasoning, auditory processing, visual processing, processing speed, and cognitive shift. These exercises can help those with Alzheimer’s or dementia improve on and keep practicing our cognitive skills.
Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning (CVAC) is an adaptive conditioning program where there are dynamic changes in pressure, eliciting adaptive responses from our bodies. During the CVAC process, participants sit in a simulator pod that has a larger window in the front. CVAC research has shown that it increases blood oxygen saturation (increases the amount of oxygen our blood can hold on to) and an increase in cardiac output. Research has also shown that CVAC process can decrease tissue edema (tissue swelling). These results can be extremely helpful for patients with dementia or Alzhemier’s disease.
Near infrared light therapy utilizes near infrared light to stimulate a biological response at the cellular level. Infrared light acts on the photoreceptors of the mitochondria, stimulating increased ATP production and better cellular metabolism. There have been many positive results on the study of dementia and Alzheimer’s treated with light therapy, suggesting that near infrared light can offer neuroprotection. The first placebo-controlled human trials on patients diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease treated by red light therapy showed promising results. The patients were treated with a 12-week transcranial light therapy routine and reported the following improvements: improved executive function, enhanced recall and memory, better task-switching ability, better sleep, fewer angry outbursts, less anxiety, and less wandering. An important note about this study was that participants did not report any negative side effects. Our clinic offers different options for light therapy: Vielight done during a neurofeedback session, option to rent a Vielight and complete at home treatment, or to use our infrared sauna at our Gray Matters performance center.