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April 2, 2016 Alzheimers

How Do You Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is a common condition most often diagnosed in older adults. The condition affects the brain’s cognitive functioning. The individual may have a difficult time remembering, reasoning or thinking normally. The condition ultimately diminishes the person’s quality of life and impacts their ability to perform routine daily tasks. The disease impacts the person’s ability to enjoy normal daily activities. The several stages of the disease are classified according to the extent the life of the individual has been impacted by the illness.

The state of Alzheimer’s disease in America

By 2050, the Alzheimer’s Association predicts a million new Alzheimer’s cases each year. Extensive research has shown significant strides in slowing the progression of the illness. Doctors rely on a select few treatment protocols to manage symptoms in patients who have been diagnosed with the condition.

What types of physicians treat Alzheimer’s patients?

There are different types of treatment available to patients with the condition. Neurologists, geriatricians, and psychiatrists are all capable of administering care to those diagnosed with the condition. All professionals receive training on managing memory disorders. Not all cases of Alzheimer’s' are treatable, some may require you to enlist the assistance of a Home Health Care Services.

How do you treat Alzheimer’s disease with medication?

Memory problems and movement difficulties are common among dementia patients. Memantine is often prescribed to slow the progression of the illness in moderate or severe cases of the condition. Cholinesterase inhibitors enhance the cell-to-cell communication in the brain. Anti-anxiety medications like clonazepam and lorazepam can also be prescribed in certain cases.

What other ways can Alzheimer’s be managed?

Research over the years has revealed that certain supplements can stave off the effects of the condition or prevent it altogether. Omega-3 fatty acids are ideal in preventing cognitive decline. Ginkgo has been recommended in the alternative medicine community for its potential ability to improve cognitive functioning. Curcumin contains antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory properties that can protect the brain. Vitamin E has been found to slow the progression of the condition among those who have Alzheimer’s.

Weighing the risks of medications

Alzheimer’s disease patients can be prescribed a range of medications to treat a range of symptoms. Some medications are used to control the progression of the disease. Others are designed to promote a better quality of life and greater autonomy for the individual. Some may even be recommended to manage a range of behavioral symptoms. Families are encouraged to inquire about the various side effects as they may have to adjust medications throughout the treatment plan.

It is estimated that 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65 will get the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Approximately one-third of Americans over the age of 85 will get the disease. The CDC states that the illness is the 6th leading cause of death in America.