16 Dec 2019

Living With Dementia: An Alternative To Drugs May Help

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Living With Dementia: An Alternative To Drugs May Help

It can be extremely hard to watch a parent or grandparent slowly slip away and lose their precious memories of family. While dementia is a terrible way to live one’s final years, it can be far tougher on those who are tasked to care for them.

Here is something you may not know: Previous studies have shown that dementia is associated with brain abnormalities including reduced blood flow in the brain, increased cortical slowing and a reduction in the dominant alpha frequency.

Alpha brainwaves are one of 4 brainwaves in our heads and are associated with long and short memory, amongst other things. when alpha waves are negatively impacted by factors such as age, concussion, stress and others, memory may be adversely affected. Think of the  brain as a series of roads, all connected to each other by bridges called (neurons). When neurons stop working, it’s like a bridge going out. The brain is forced to reroute to make those same connections, which can slow down response time. And as more connections are lost, some routes are lost completely. If memory data is stored behind these broken connections, then those memories can be lost as well.

Several studies on dementia have tried neurofeedback as a therapy option. Post treatment scores displayed significant improvement in verbal memory skills and recall. This means that those lost connections had been re-established and memory data was able to be accessed again. This is a positive sign that neurofeedback may offer hope for those dealing with significant memory loss.