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Brain Pacemaker Showing Promise as the Next Tool in Battling Alzheimer’s

Every day, researchers work hard to find ways to slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease. One of the latest studies involves the use of a pacemaker in the brain to slow the brain’s decline. Could this treatment being studied by neurologists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center help slow the symptoms your mom or dad will face?

Elderly Care in Rohnert Park CA: Brain Pacemaker Research

Elderly Care in Rohnert Park CA: Brain Pacemaker Research

How the Brain Pacemaker Works.

With this brain pacemaker, a device similar to a pacemaker used in the heart was placed in the brain’s frontal lobes. They targeted the frontal lobs as that’s where skills involving problem-solving, planning, and judgment take place.

Once the electrodes were implanted within the brain, electrical pulses were set off within the brain. These small electrical pulses can alter brain cells and chemicals. It can help slow abnormal brain pulses.

Deep brain stimulation has been used for years on major depressive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain. It’s used when medications are not helping. While it’s considered a safe procedure, there are some risks that include brain bleeds, infection, and stroke.

The Results of the Study.

Three people with Alzheimer’s disease had the brain pacemaker surgically implanted. For two years, stimulation through the pacemaker was completed. All three seemed to benefit from the procedures. After two years, one of the participants was able to cook basic recipes again. She was also able to plan a vacation, manage her money, and choose appropriate clothing. One participant did not improve, but the progression of the disease slowed.

With this positive trial, those involved in the study are now looking at ways to use the pacemaker without implanting the electrodes surgically. If they can do that, this could be a viable way to help people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

When your parent has Alzheimer’s, you need to make sure that elderly care is always available. In the first few years, main symptoms are memory loss. As the disease progresses, your parent may find it impossible to pay bills, cook meals without risking a kitchen fire, or to remember how to get home.

In the advanced stages, your parent may no longer know how to use the toilet or take a shower without help. Wandering is a possibility. Remembering how to swallow is also a problem in the advanced stage. At this point, elderly care is vital. You might opt to provide some of that care, but you’ll still need breaks. Elderly care services make it possible to take breaks without putting your mom at risk.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Rohnert Park, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003




Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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