The back story:
Prof. Dr. E. D. is what you call a workhorse. The scientist with his own institute works and works, often on weekends. For his family, the wife and two children, he takes time and also likes to go swimming for balance – but the research is his life. He has no regard for himself.
In 2017, when Prof. E. D. is 72 years old, his daughter, who is a doctor herself, notices that something is wrong with her father. His nature changes, at first hardly noticeable, he seems more forgetful and also more disoriented. Prof. E. D. does not want to know anything about it. What could be wrong? Maybe he is a little overworked, he is not the youngest anymore. But at some point he gives in to the insistent daughter and they go to the neurologist. The diagnosis is quickly made, as the MRI already shows clear and corresponding changes in the brain structure: Prof. Dr. E. D. has Alzheimer’s dementia. He takes note of this, but does not want to know anything about it.
Alzheimer’s dementia with massive disorientation: the professor gets lost
From the neurologist, Prof. E. D. receives the drug donepezil (a cholinesterase inhibitor, which is supposed to improve memory and retentiveness). He refuses further measures such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, etc. His short-term memory continues to decline, his vocabulary decreases, he withdraws more and more, his wife is his pivot. At first, he still goes alone to fetch bread rolls and walks the dog. They get along as well as they can.
The family owns a vacation home on the North Sea. They go there as often as possible. Here, too, the professor goes to the bakery around the corner and walks with his dog on his usual short route. He has given up swimming, he has simply forgotten how to do it. Then, in January 2021, it happens: E. D. is out with the dog and never returns. He disappeared from the face of the earth. The family calls the police, who arrive immediately. The fire department follows with five platoons, the boats are already launched, the worst is expected. But it all turns out just fine: Professor D. – and here probably his subconscious – have led him on the way to the daughter’s house. One wrong turn and he would have landed directly in the ice-cold sea! He now gets a tracker, which he reluctantly wears, and family hardly ever lets him out of the house without an escort.
Hope at last! And again it is the contribution of the channel RTL, which shows new possibilities
On the evening of November 22, 2021, a family friend, a general practitioner, sees the report about TPS therapy Transcranial Pulse Stimulation on RTL news. He immediately rushes to the D. family, they start researching and the very next day they get on the phone. At first it is desperate. All the lines, everywhere, are busy. But the D. family and their friend persist. Finally, the contact to Prof. Dr. med. Musa Citak succeeds.
Then everything happens very quickly: Prof. Citak takes a first look and sees that action must be taken quickly. Within two weeks, the family gets an appointment for anamnesis and the treatment can start immediately, since a fresh MRI could be made quickly.
Within two weeks, the six initial treatments are done with TPS: “You know, it was then these little things that we noticed,” says Ms. D. “He had such empty eyes before the treatment, he was so disinterested, so introverted. He only spoke to me, of course in a rudimentary way, his vocabulary had diminished and he was no longer aware of the outside world.”
In the case of Prof. E. D., the one big a-ha experience did not occur during the treatment! It was the many small advances that occurred: Prof. E. D. simply became more alert day by day, his eyes filled with life again, and his words came back.
A bit back to life: Living Better with Alzheimer’s Dementia.
Today, at the end of January 2022, however, the professor is a different person. He is and remains an Alzheimer’s patient. But he talks to other people again and not just to his wife, he is in a better mood and interested in life, he goes to fetch bread rolls and for walks again – and he goes shopping with his wife: “Now he no longer puts things chaotically on the conveyor belt at the checkout, but quite orderly again, as he used to do when he was not yet ill,” his wife reports. And she continues: “For us, this is a great gift. It’s not the one thing that makes it. It’s the many, many little things that make it possible for my husband and us to live a more beautiful and carefree life again. And in the spring, we want to see if swimming will work out again. Maybe we can even go dancing again, which we used to love to do?”
The D. family will go back to Prof. Citak for TPS treatment in February. “We have another appointment on February 11, and we are looking forward to it, also because Prof. Citak is such a nice, wonderful and competent doctor.” And she concludes the phone call, “What I would like to say to other people is: the TPS is an effective therapy and all of you please keep doing it so that others know about it. Other doctors, too. We have some doctors in the family ourselves and we know how it is: everything new is first looked at suspiciously. But people need help here and now, not in 10 years when the umpteenth study proves again that TPS helps.”