It was a shock to both of us.
And now, the deterioration just seems inevitable. So are there any treatments for dementia?
Professor Susan Kurrle
We know that physical exercise slows the progression of particularly Alzheimer's disease. And that's walking, brisk walking, or perhaps swimming, or even cycling, dancing for about 30 minutes 5 times a week. Physical exercise is very important.
In terms of other medications, we know that there are symptomatic treatments for Alzheimer's disease, and your general practitioner or specialist will tell you about these.
These medications do not affect the progress of the disease, but in a number of people, they will help the symptoms. There are no treatments that can cure dementia at this present time.
Last reviewed: December 2015