A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that Alzheimer's disease may be transmissible in the way that certain infectious proin diseases, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob, are.
The researchers studied two groups of mice to discover these findings.
"We took a normal mouse model that spontaneously does not develop any brain damage and injected a small amount of Alzheimer's human brain tissue into the animal's brain," said Dr. Claudio Soto, a researcher on the study. "The mouse developed Alzheimer's over time and it spread to other portions of the brain. We are currently working on whether disease transmission can happen in real life under more natural routes of exposure."
Seniors who are suffering from Alzheimer's or those who are taking care of a loved one with the disease may want to consider retirement living communities. These neighborhoods can offer an aging adult the best environment as they can be around their peers and have easy access to local healthcare facilities. Plus, a caregiver can have some peace of mind knowing their loved one has constant care.