RossKrupp wrote:We are newly following the Bredesen protocol and my husband Jim is diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) but not Alzheimers. Is Bredesen's program also good for people with dementia who don't have, and may not get, Alzheimers?
Hi again, Stephanie (I saw your name on your other post.)
"Slacker" has received training on the Bredesen protocol from Dr. Bredesen herself a few years ago, so I think her cautious approach (it might work, but everyone is different) makes sense. One common intervention for MCI that has been well-studied and is supported by Dr. Bredesen and by Dr "Stavia" in our Primer is exercise. Here's part of a post I made to someone recently who had also been diagnosed with MCI in his early 70's:
People with MCI showed improved verbal fluency after a 12-week program of doing 30 minutes of moderate-intensity treadmill walking 4 times per week. Interestingly, they also showed reduced
blood cerebral blood flow.
UMD study finds exercise benefits brains, changes blood flow in older adults
Dr. Smith explains that for those beginning to experience subtle memory loss, the brain is in "crisis mode" and may try to compensate for the inability to function optimally by increasing cerebral blood flow. While elevated cerebral blood flow is usually considered beneficial to brain function, there is evidence to suggest it may actually be a harbinger of further memory loss in those diagnosed with MCI. The results of the study by Dr. Smith and his team suggest exercise may have the potential to reduce this compensatory blood flow and improve cognitive efficiency in those in the very early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
This recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association:Neurology may give you hope, since it profiles another highly educated professional who, six years after a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer's disease, is still living a fulfilling life. Early Awareness of Alzheimer Disease: A Neurologist’s Personal Perspective
Please know that like most adjustments we make in life, this will feel more like a rollercoaster of emotions and mixed progress, I suspect. And know also that we are all pulling for you and your husband to find that the journey has some bright spots and real progress in areas that are important to both of you. Hugs from a 67 year old wife.