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Alzheimer's disease treatment

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There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but there are medicines available on prescription that can help delay the condition's progression in some people.

Non-drug therapies such as physical activity, social contact and stress management, may also help.

Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may also involve planning for your care. This identifies the type of assistance that you might need, and focuses on ways of providing this support.

Medicines

There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. However, there are now medicines that can help people’s thinking and functioning. These medicines work best in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Medicines can also be used to treat other symptoms, like restlessness, depression or problems sleeping.

Other things you can do

It is important to support someone with Alzheimer’s disease to adapt as the illness progresses. This might mean keeping lists, labelling drawers, keeping valuables locked away, using a whiteboard to track daily schedules, and ensuring the person’s home is safe. Keeping photographs around the house may help people to remember.

Try to eat a healthy diet. As the disease progresses, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may forget to eat and drink, so it’s important for those around them to make sure they are getting enough nutrition and liquids.

If you have Alzheimer’s disease, it’s a good idea to keep exercising regularly if you can. Try to keep up your normal social activities and see friends and family as much as possible.

You should talk to your doctor about safety issues, such as whether it’s safe to keep on driving.

Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a syndrome (a group of symptoms) that is associated with an ongoing decline in mental abilities.

If you have been diagnosed with any other conditions as well as Alzheimer's disease, for example, depression or incontinence (when you unintentionally pass urine or stools), these may be treated separately.

Delaying dementia progress – expert advice

If you have been diagnosed with dementia, there are a range of things you can do to try to delay its progression. This can include managing pre-existing illnesses, as well as managing medications to remain as healthy as possible. Watch the video below and find out more about what can be done to delay its progression.


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Last reviewed: March 2019

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