July 9, 2021
Alzheimer’s (the most common cause and type of dementia), as well as other forms of memory-impairing dementia, are prevalent and debilitating neurological conditions, affecting millions of older adults each year. In fact, one study predicts that in 2040 there will be over 81 million cases worldwide of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These conditions not only affect the individuals suffering with them, but their family members as well. Older adults with Alzheimer’s/dementia experience memory loss and confusion as the cell connections in their mind begin to fade away.
Given the strong presence that Alzheimer’s/dementia has had over older adults, many scientists and health institutions have strived to get a better understanding of these conditions. The idea is that gaining a better understanding of them could lead to better treatment options for those affected. Join us as we break down the synapse retrogenesis theory of dementia.
The core of synapse retrogenesis theory lies in the order that Alzheimer’s/dementia cause deterioration in the brain. When your brain is developing, all the crucial parts of your mind grow in a certain order. For example, between the ages of 2 and 7, the brain develops the areas responsible for memory and imagination. You’ll also start to gain a better understanding of the past and future.
The theory of synapse retrogenesis suggests that Alzheimer’s/dementia causes cognitive deterioration in the reverse order of how their brain was developed since birth. Since Alzheimer’s in particular has been known to follow a closely set mental deterioration and uniform progression, more experts are starting to put stock behind synapse retrogenesis.
However, it’s important to note that the mental decline caused by Alzheimer’s doesn’t follow the reverse order of brain development to the letter. Alzheimer’s and dementia start off as a memory condition before they start to have an impact on certain brain functions. Up to the age of 2, young children and infants begin developing the mental capabilities to plan actions. In the early stages of dementia, this is one of the first mental abilities that can start to fade. Older adults with dementia often struggle with the names of items, which often leads to them forgetting what they need to buy at the grocery store instead of having trouble planning the trip.
What makes the theory of synapse retrogenesis important is that it gives medical professionals, older adults and their families a better understanding of Alzheimer’s/dementia. With a deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s/dementia, senior living communities like Franciscan Ministries develop memory care programs that can help give residents a higher sense of purpose.
While the synapse retrogenesis is an important piece to the Alzheimer’s/dementia puzzle, it’s still being actively studied, and experts are trying to uncover more applications for the theory in treatment options. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia, helping them transition to a memory care community is one of the best options to help them reach a higher level of wellness. In fact, some memory care communities, like the ones at Franciscan Ministries, use principles from synapse retrogenesis to help inform care.
When you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia, you only want the best for them. At Franciscan Ministries, you can have peace of mind about your loved one’s well-being, knowing a team of professionals is providing them with 24/7 memory care in a safe and welcoming environment.
If you’re interested in learning more about our unique approach to memory care and how it can help your loved one thrive, contact us today.