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How Do You Treat Alzheimer's Disease?

Jul 29, 2016 by Anonymous

Alzheimer’s disease is treated by medication, creating a supportive and safe environment, exercise, and nutrition. There are also alternative herbal mixtures that may help some individuals with the condition.

Medications

Drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s focus on improving cognitive changes related to the condition as well as improving memory.

Memantine

Memantine is used to slow the symptoms of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s. Side effects of this medication include headache, constipation and dizziness. It is often used with another type of medication called cholinesterase inhibitors.

Cholinesterase Inhibitors

Cholinesterase inhibitors replenish the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that Alzheimer’s disease consume. This in turn improves cell communication in the brain and also reduces depression and bad temperaments. Side effects of this medication include sleep disturbances, digestive issues and loss of appetite.

Other Medications

Sleep medications are sometimes used to treat Alzheimer's disease but should be used with caution to prevent the increased risk of falls and confusion. Antidepressants may also be used to treat changes in behavior related to Alzheimer’s disease. Anti-anxiety medications may effectively treat Alzheimer’s symptoms, but may also increase the risk of dizziness, falls and confusion.

A Supportive and Safe Environment

Minimizing tasks that require memory by establishing a routine is a key component of Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Incorporating methods such as regularly making appointments on the same day and time, keeping valuables, keys and phones in the same place and using a calendar to keep track of day-to-day schedules effectively reduces strains on the memory, and placing slip-free mats and installing handrails in bathrooms and stairways reduces the risk of falling.

Exercise

Exercise improves digestion and helps you sleep better. Exercise is also proven to improve the overall mood, and it also keeps the heart, joints and muscles healthy. If going outside or performing certain exercises may be medically unsafe for you, try chair exercises, use a stationary bike or seek out exercise videos designed especially for seniors.

Nutrition

Incorporate smoothies and shakes and supplement them with protein to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition, but it is important that one avoids caffeine to avoid frequent urination and irritation. Make sure that juice and water are always on hand to avoid dehydration from forgetting to keep the body hydrated.

Alternative Medications

Some individuals have found some improvement in Alzheimer’s disease symptoms with the use of ginkgo, curcumin, omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. While the results are not proven by experts, one should be careful making sure that these supplements do not interfere with any prescribed medications being taken.

Although Alzheimer’s disease is incurable, it is very possible to lessen the symptoms and maintain a high quality of life. Facilities that provide home health care service such as Comfort Keepers of Ft. Lauderdale are dedicated to provide senior, respite and advanced care for all individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, but who also wish to maintain the highest quality of life as well as their independence.

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