Danville, VA-- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association. However, a new breakthrough in medical research has brought a ray of hope.
The study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed vitamin E might slow the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's.
The study involved just over 600 Alzheimer's patients, and followed them for about two years.
Vitamin E did not cure Alzheimer's or prevent memory loss. However, for those patients that stopped taking dementia medicine and only took doses of vitamin E, they had a delay in decline of daily living skills. These are skills such as bathing, getting dressed, and being able to feed yourself.
The executive director of Emeritus at Danville said this research is great news.
Alzheimer's patients being able to be independent for a little longer, means a longer life for them and also less pressure on caregivers.
"A lot of the time when you have an elderly spouse trying to take care of someone with Alzheimer's, they're physically not able to provide that care, so the longer someone can do those tasks by themselves, it's tremendous. We're very excited. Any breakthroughs are great news," said Amy Bracey, executive Director of Emeritus at Danville.
One key thing, the study did not prove that vitamin E prevents healthy people from developing dementia.