So far, Alzheimer’s disease’s treatments have mostly focused on bettering memory. However, a recent one at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center attempts to reduce the pace of loss of problem-solving and decision-making skills in such patients.
To achieve the purpose, researchers placed thin electrical wires surgically on to the frontal lobes in the patient’s brain to see if a brain pacemaker could better behavioral, functional, and cognitive abilities in patients having this kind of dementia.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Device Similar to Cardiac Pacemaker
The process, known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) implant is akin to the cardiac pacemaker. The only difference – the pacemaker wires are placed inside the brain instead of the heart.
The findings from the research were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
While there are myriad pharmaceutical treatments and tools to enhance memory of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s, so far there was nothing whatsoever to better their ability to judge, take good decisions, or up their ability to focus attention on the particular task such as choosing what to eat, making bed, or even socializing with friends. Hence, the wires are placed in the frontal lobes that help us solve problems, utilize good judgements, and plan and organize. This helps to stimulate the region of the brain by improving the daily functional and cognitive abilities.
The pilot study showed that DBS implant which targets the regions in frontal brain can lessen the overall decline in performance usually seen in people having early stage or mild Alzheimer’s.