Alzheimer's disease treatment
Alzheimer's disease cannot be cured, but treatments are available to help slow down the progression of the condition and to manage symptoms.
Treatment may be in the form of medication, or psychological treatments and exercises to help maintain memory, language skills and problem solving.
An occupational therapist may help by suggesting easier ways to carry out everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing.
Recommendations may be made to make the home more accessible, such as grab bars in the bathroom.
After a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a care plan will be drawn up to cover a person's health and social care needs.
Palliative care may be offered for those needing end-of-life care with Alzheimer's disease.
Medicines that may be prescribed by a specialist to help improve symptoms and slow down progression of Alzheimer's disease include AChE inhibitors for the early to mid-stages of the condition:
Side effects of these treatments include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Muscle cramps
Memantine may be recommended for late-stage disease Alzheimer's disease, or for people who cannot take AChE inhibitors.
Memantine side effects include:
- Balance problems
- Shortness of breath.