Alzheimer's Disease: More than Just Memory Loss
If you or someone close to you has Alzheimer's disease, chances are you're asking questions about the condition faster than your doctor can answer them. The Internet gives you access to information, outside of office hours, that enables you to find quick answers to urgent questions, and also helps you ask doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals the right questions. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here
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Although there is no known cure for Alzheimer's disease, research is ongoing and scientists have begun to find ways to slow down the disease's progress in some people. As a patient, there are steps you can take to both enhance your quality of life and prepare for the future. In this section, you can find sites that discuss the different types of treatments that are available and advice about lifestyle changes, such as exercising, that may slow progression of the disease.
- Doctors and scientists are continuously making research developments, and keeping up with their progress is a good way for you to keep up your morale. Don't be discouraged if a certain treatment isn't available now, rather stay interested and invested in the activities of researchers.
- For more information on research, visit the "Alzheimer's Research and News" section of this guide.
The National Institute on Aging
offers an "Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet" that discusses some of the latest thinking on Alzheimer's treatment. It mentions some medications that may slow progress of the disease, and medications that are currently being studied.
The Better Health Channel
is an Australian site with a page on Alzheimer's disease and how exercise can help relieve some of the effects of the disease, such as depression.
has a page on "Treatment and Care
" discusses the various medications that are available in the United States for the management of Alzheimer's disease as well as behavioral issues like how to treat agitation
in people who have Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association
points out that drug and non-drug treatments may be effective in managing the symptoms of Alzheimer's. There are sections devoted to standard treatments, alternative treatments, methods for combating the changes in sleep patterns that often occur in Alzheimer's patients, and even a section on the benefits of vitamin E in Alzheimer's treatment.
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