The sense of smell is very important to enjoying life – the scent of roses, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the mouthwatering smell of a freshly prepared dinner add an important dimension to every day. Now it seems that smell may allow scientists to detect Alzheimer’s Disease. Granted, the indicative smell is not quite as attractive as the scent of flowers- the odor biomarker for Alzheimer’s is found in urine.
The Telegraph newspaper, (United Kingdom) recently published a study conducted by scientists at the US Department of Agriculture that found that Alzheimer’s Disease “leaves an odor biomarker in urine well before the significant development of Alzheimer-related deposits in the brain.” Scientists know that two types of abnormal structures in the brain, called plaques and tangles, are prime suspects in damaging and killing brain nerve cells, causing Alzheimer’s Disease. This revolutionary odor discovery means that in the future, Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders could be diagnosed early through urine tests, well before plaques and tangles grow in the brain.
According to The Telegraph, Dr. Bruce Kimball, a chemical ecologist with the US Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Centre, said, “Previous research had focused on body odor changes due to exogenous sources such as viruses or vaccines. Now we have evidence that urinary odor signatures can be altered by changes in the brain characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. This finding may also have implications for other neurologic diseases.”
In medicine, it has been proven time and time again that early detection of disease leads to earlier treatment, which leads to better outcomes for patients. Therefore, the potential that these latest findings hold for very early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease is nothing short of monumental. Once we can detect a disease early, we have a running start to fight it.
The need for early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease couldn’t be greater. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people in the United States suffer from the disease, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. One in three seniors die from Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia.
It is a long and lonely road for those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease and their families. It is a complex disease that can change the behavior, personality, and cognition of its victims. Family members and friends struggle to care for loved ones and are often as a loss when seeking support and resources. That is where Sevens Residential Memory Care steps in.
When it comes time for your loved one to be safe in a secure, memory centered facility, Sevens Residential Memory Care provides a safe, enriching environment. Our innovative house specializes in memory care including Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and is located in a residential neighborhood in Lakewood, CO. Accommodating only 12 residents and two full-time care partners, our model offers highly personalized supervision and a supportive community that fosters individual freedom.
Sevens Home Care will provide support for you and your family, helping you to understand the disease while keeping your loved one at home. We primarily offer services in the individual’s private residence but will also provide one-on-one support for your loved one in assisted living and rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, hospices and hospitals. We go wherever and whenever a patient needs care on a regular schedule, weekly or monthly visits or for one-time respite care.
To learn more about Sevens Home Care, call 303-470-1921. To learn more about Sevens Residential Memory Care and to schedule a tour call 720-477-1727.