The connection between gut bacteria and early signs of Alzheimer’s disease
They say the way to someone’s heart is through their gut. This might be true for the brain as well. A new study suggests a potential link between what’s inside someone’s stomach and early onset symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Studying mice, scientists found that unfavorable changes to the gut’s collection of microorganisms that primarily interact within the body’s intestines correlated with the accumulation of amyloid-beta plaques, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. An increase to harmful bacteria within the gut’s microbiome was also linked to inflammation and cerebral impairment, which can both contribute to the disease’s progression.
Amyloid-beta plaques – abnormal clumps of protein fragments between brain nerve cells – are consistently present in individuals whose lives are impacted by cognitive decline. The presence of these insidious proteins disrupts brain activity, leading to a cascade of damaging processes and symptoms. At the cellular level, amyloid-beta plaques wreak havoc in the communication between nerve cells. At the human level, Alzheimer’s quietly and progressively whispers away memories, casting a haze upon the mind.
The findings suggest there is a way to at least help minimize the development of Alzheimer’s and its symptoms, including memory loss, difficulty performing everyday tasks, sudden confusion, and speaking and writing complications, among other potential warning signs.
Many other studies highlight the potential influence of lifestyle choices on risk factors for developing dementia. While a lot of work remains to be done, it is largely agreed upon that healthier lifestyles, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management can reduce the overall risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and related illness.
As our understanding deepens regarding the connection between gut health and the initial phases of Alzheimer’s disease, the horizon of early prevention and treatment shines with hope. Alzheimer’s, a progressive neurological condition that affects memory, cognition, and behavior, is moving onto a new path and future filled with brighter possibilities for those who encounter the disease.
What is dementia awareness?
In the current landscape of advancing science in dementia treatment and prevention, the importance of becoming Dementia Aware cannot be overstated or underestimated. Being Dementia Aware entails embracing a mindset that comprehends and empathetically addresses the challenges faced by individuals with memory impairment.
Caregivers who embody Dementia Awareness, like the caregivers at Hollenbeck Palms, prioritize the establishment of trust and empathy by recognizing and validating the broad spectrum of emotions and frustrations experienced by individuals living with cognitive decline. Additionally, they actively seek to acquire extensive knowledge about the symptoms and challenges encountered by those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia symptoms. This comprehensive understanding empowers caregivers to provide compassionate care that meets the unique needs of each individual with profound insight and sensitivity.
By embracing Dementia Awareness in all aspects of care, we can provide support and care that aligns with the individual’s well-being and an enhanced quality of life.
To learn more about how we are Dementia Aware at Hollenbeck Palms, watch the below video.
The Hensel Memory Enhancement Center
The Hensel Memory Enhancement Center at Hollenbeck Palms is a dedicated Los Angeles dementia care facility centered on professional and compassionate support for individuals with advanced symptoms of dementia.
The center offers a loving and engaging approach to dementia care, aiming to enhance the cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological well-being of residents in a safe and supportive environment.
The amenities at Hollenbeck Palms are without comparison. They include the two-story Memory Enhancement Center and its private and shared suites, a spacious dining room and kitchen, activity areas, a secured closed garden, and other features. Staff members have been trained by renowned dementia care expert Laura Wayman, featured in the above video, on effective and compassionate communication and care.
Residents of the Hensel Memory Enhancement Center, a stand-alone facility, remain part of the Hollenbeck Palms community, ensuring continuity and allowing couples to stay together. The center is designed with attention to detail, creating a comfortable and home-like environment while prioritizing safety and security. For instance, the center’s layout is thoughtfully designed to promote independence and minimize confusion thanks to its special colors, textures, and shapes that encourage mental stimulation and overall well-being.