Treatment Options for Alzheimer’s Disease

Although no cure for Alzheimer's has been found, treatments are available to manage the disease.

If you are a caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient, we know you'd do anything to help your loved one find relief from uncomfortable symptoms or moments of confusion and frustration. Have you explored all your treatment options and talked them over with a doctor? Here's a list of the latest in Alzheimer's management.

Memory Loss

Medications that can help Alzheimer's patients prevent memory loss fall into two different categories: cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. Although neither type of drug will completely halt the progression of memory problems, it can slow down the descent, giving your loved one more good years to enjoy.

Sleep Problems

Alzheimer's patients may struggle to fall asleep, or they may find themselves sleeping way more than usual.  Before seeking medicinal sleep aids, try implementing a relaxing bedtime routine, blocking out distracting lights from the bedroom, and creating a quiet environment at night. Cut back the patient's consumption of alcohol or caffeine, especially in the later half of the day. If these changes are ineffective, your doctor can prescribe a sleeping medicine.

Changes in Behavior

Alzheimer's patients may become uncharacteristically irritable, depressed, or anxious. In the latest stages of the disease, they may even experience hallucinations or delusions. If you notice these symptoms, medication is available, but first the patient will need to see a behavioral health specialist. Along with the medicinal approach, the patient and his caregiver may benefit from counseling.

Are you a caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient? Make sure he is getting the best treatment possible. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point prides itself in providing quality care for all its patients. Learn more about our neurology team at our website. If you have any questions or need a physician referral, call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.

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