The SAVE Program Shows Promise for the Symptoms of Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Many of the adults with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease struggle with the same kind of symptoms as the children and adults with autism symptoms. Many ADHD symptoms can be seen in athletes who are injured while participating in sports. Dr. Block wondered if The SAVE Program could help her patients with these issues as well. When Dr. Block offered the program to a few people with these symptoms, the results were more than encouraging; they were life-changing. Here is the story about one of them.
Paul Jones was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He had been an articulate attorney who lost his ability to remember events and words and his memory. Paul’s wife would not give up on him. She kept looking for answers even though his doctors didn’t hold out much hope. They only offered prescription drugs that deadened his personality even more and left him sedated and disconnected from the world.
The Need for Help with Dementia and Alzheimer's Symptoms is Growing.
The Facts and Statistics:
According to The Alzheimer’s Association:
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.
- One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease.
- Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
- More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
- Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.
- There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s
Why The SAVE Program could be effective for Dementia/Alzheimer’s:
Improvement in the symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, including memory loss, sleep, depression, focus, concentration and listening, have been seen with The SAVE Program.
From the research literature review, it is plausible to assume that correcting or improving the sensory systems that include proprioception, auditory, visual, vestibular and kinesthetic, could lead to an improvement or reversal of the symptoms of Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease:
1. Central auditory speech-processing deficits may be an early manifestation of probable Alzheimer's disease and may precede the onset of dementia diagnosis by many years.
2. The central auditory function of 38 patients with Alzheimer's disease was found to be significantly impaired when compared with a control group.
3. Visual performance is impaired in patients with senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type (SDAT).
4. Symptoms referable to the visual system may be the earliest and most prominent signs of idiopathic dementing disease.
5. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurologic disorder, which may present with visual disturbance before the diagnosis is clearly established.
7. The vestibular loss hypothesis is further supported by the vestibular symptoms found in Alzheimer’s patients as well as in various diseases that are major risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
Results After The SAVE Program
Two participants diagnosed with Alzheimer’s had the following improvements:
Understands better, memory improved, vocabulary returned to normal, able to find words that were lost, improved hearing, improved visual fields, able to dress with less assistance, able to tell complete stories again, more social, able to understand when frustrated, doing work around the house again.
More About Paul Jones
Paul, an active and bright attorney and CPA, gradually lost his memory until he could no longer work. If he tried to tell a story, he quickly asked his wife to finish it because he could not remember what he was trying to say or where the story would lead. He could not keep up with his belongings and could no longer do the things he loved, like working in the yard. He was unable to do math even though he is a CPA and was a math major in college. The depression set in as he realized how much he could no longer remember and how small his world had become. His handwriting disintegrated until it was illegible. He was anxious, was agitated and socially shut down and couldn’t interact with others.
Drugs Made Paul's Problems Worse
His wife stated that Paul was prescribed two antidepressants in high doses. She said that the drugs not only made him sleepy but caused seizures, at which point he was prescribed seizure medication in addition to what he was already taking. This made him even less alert and sleepy most of the time. The Alzheimer’s drug added by his doctor, made him sick. He was dizzy and nauseous, and the drug would cause him to vomit.
Paul says he was “zonked” from the meds. He would get up and eat and then go right back to sleep. He was not motivated to do anything. He was actually getting worse on the drugs. Paul’s world was closing in on him, as he was no longer able to do anything interesting or stimulating with his life.
Paul Starts The SAVE Program
During the third and fourth days of The SAVE Program, Paul's agitation symptom worsened. However, on the evening of the fourth day, he calmed down and his wife has not seen the agitation since. His memory was much better for 4-5 weeks, his wife said. “He could recall and tell stories from start to finish again. His word-find improved. He was using words that were lost to him for a long time,” she explained.
Today, Paul is motivated to do things again. He helps out around the house where before he would have just slept, his wife said. “He is working in the yard, cleaning out flowerbeds and asked the doctor to give him permission to use the lawnmower again.”
There were even more improvements. His wife says that Paul’s visual perception seems better and he is much better socially. She is not the only one who sees this. All their friends have noticed how much more sociable he is since The SAVE Program.
Although his memory has begun to slide again, he has retained much of his gains. He doesn’t sleep all the time. He is no longer agitated and is still motivated to help out around the house. His handwriting is legible again, and he can still find those words that once seemed lost to him forever.
Noise is distracting to him. If he is trying to remember something, he will ask for the music or TV to be turned off. It helps him remember when he is not distracted. He knows what he needs to do to concentrate. When he is in social settings where there are many distractions, he is even able to self regulate. He is much more social now but if he gets overwhelmed, he just excuses himself for a while and when he is ready, he rejoins the group.
Paul says he is “significantly better after the program.” Since The SAVE Program, Paul has been successfully removed from the Alzheimer’s drugs and both of the antidepressants. He was even able to stop his seizure medications.
Young people playing football, soccer and other sports are at risk for head injury. Dr. Block has seen several young people in her practice who have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury. Using The SAVE Program, all of them have had improvements in their brain injury symptoms.
One young woman who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury from soccer headers, complained of trouble concentrating, memory problems, headaches and trouble sleeping. Her college academics and social life were negatively affected.
After The SAVE Program, all of her symptoms improved enough significantly so she was able to continue her education and her life.
A young boy who had been thrown from a car, began having changes in his personality. Once a straight "A" student, he could no longer concentrate of do his school work. Prior to the accident, he was a sweet and calm boy. After the accident, his personality changed dramatically. He lost his temper often and seemed angry all the time.
The SAVE Program reversed many of his symptoms. He was calmer and his anger subsided. His mother said her sweet child was back again. His grades improved as well.
The SAVE Program has shown consistent, positive results with both Autism and ADHD symptoms. We now see an opportunity that The SAVE Program may also have significantly positive effects on those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms. We are currently conducting research and developing a training program protocol to optimize the program for these problems as well.