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Treatment Options for Alzheimer's Disease

It seems like every month, a new drug is tested that could be the answer to Alzheimer's. While there are several medications available now to treat Alzheimer's, none of them can stop or reverse the disease. There are also some non-drug treatments shown to effectively manage the difficult behaviors that accompany Alzheimer's.
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Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Confused about how to treat Alzheimer's disease? Learn about drug therapy and non-drug approaches for the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

6 Ways Physical Exercise Benefits People with Alzheimer’s Disease
Wondering what non-drug approaches you can use to help a loved one with Alzheimer's? Exercise has typically been thought of as something that reduces the risk of dementia, but it can also provide several benefits for those fighting dementia. Learn about six ways that exercise can help someone with dementia.

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation & How Might It Treat Alzheimer’s?
Learn how this non-invasive procedure may be improving the cognitive functioning of people with Alzheimer's disease.

The Use of Individually Programmed Ipods for People with Dementia
Did you know that your old ipod could be a valuable tool? Personalized music playing on ipods have improved quality of life for some people with dementia.

Using Validation Therpay for People with Dementia
Learn what validation therapy consists of and how to use it to help people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Using Reality Orientation in the Treatment of People with Alzheimer's Disease
Learn about the benefits and cautions of using reality orientation as an approach to confusion in people with dementia.

Complementary & Alternative Therapies for Dementia
Learn about some of the complementary and alternative therapies that can be used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Doll Therapy for People with Dementia
Have you heard of the use of dolls in Alzheimer's disease? Here are some potential benefits and concerns related to therapeutic dolls.

The Benefits of Laughter in Dementia
Learn how laughter can help people who are living with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

Can Laughter Yoga Benefit People with Dementia?
Are you familiar with laughter yoga? How about using it with people who have Alzheimer's disease? Learn more about this interesting approach and how it might help people with dementia experience less agitation.

Benefits of Interacting with Young Children for People with Dementia
Have you ever watched an older adult who has dementia perk up in the presence of a younger child? If so, you know why I'd like to see it happen more.

Bright Light Therapy and Its Use in Alzheimer's
Learn about bright light therapy and how it may be able to help people who are living with Alzheimer's and other related dementias

Coconut Oil: Is It Effective in Treating Alzheimer's Disease?
Have you heard the buzz about coconut oil and Alzheimer's disease? I set out to find the truth about this possible treatment for Alzheimer's.

Treatment of Depression in Dementia
Depression in Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia is fairly common, but also quite treatable. Learn about several non-drug approaches and medications that can be used to reduce feelings of depression in dementia and improve the quality of life.

Curcumin: A Way to Prevent and Treat Alzheimer's Diease?
Interested in treating Alzheimer's disease more effectively? Learn about the benefits curcumin has demonstrated in research.

Does Pet Therapy Benefit People with Dementia?
Wondering about pet therapy and if it really helps people who have Alzheimer's or another dementia? Learn more about the possible benefits of animal-assisted therapy.

Holistic Care: Spirituality and Alzheimer's
One area of dementia care that's important but often under-addressed is that of spirituality. Learn more about incorporating a spiritual component into Alzheimer's care as well as various barriers to accomplishing this task.

Spiritual Activities for People with Dementia
In holistic care, it's important not to ignore the spiritual aspect of people. In light of that, here are some possible faith-based activities for people with dementia.

What Is Deep Brain Stimulation and How Can It Be Used to Treat Alzheimer's?
Deep brain stimulation, a procedure many have undergone for Parkinson's disease, is being explored as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Learn more about what it is and what benefits it might provide.

What Is Axona and Is It Effective in Treating Alzheimer's Disease?
Learn more about Axona, a medical food, that is touted as a way to treat Alzheimer's. Does research back up its claims?

Urinary and Fecal Incontinence in Dementia
Urinary or fecal incontinence can be a significant challenge. Couple that with Alzheimer's disease, and the difficulty increases exponentially. Learn more about how incontinence can affect those with Alzheimer's disease, as well as how to prevent and respond to it.

Flu Shots and Alzheimer's Disease
Learn more about the flu shot and how it affects your risk of developing Alzheimer's. Also, if you have a family member with dementia, should they receive the flu shot every year or not?

How to Prevent and Reduce Incontinence in Dementia
Urinary or fecal incontinence in Alzheimer's can be very challenging for both the person experiencing it and the caregiver. Consider these practical ways to reduce and prevent incontinence in dementia.

7 Tips on How to Respond to Incontince in Alzheimer's Disease
If you walk in the room and discover that your loved one with dementia was incontinent, how should you respond? This can be difficult to handle, both physically and emotionally. Here are 7 practical tips on how to react and what to do in this situation.

Is There a Role for Statins in the Prevention of Dementia?
This article summarizes the history behind cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) and their role in dementia prevention. While early studies using case-control designs were quite promising, later prospective trials revealed no link between statin use and dementia prevention.

What Are Clinical Trials?
When I worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, many families asked if there were research studies that could help their loved ones with Alzheimer’s beyond what geriatric care could provide. These studies are called clinical trials, and the decision to participate in one should be made carefully.

Treatment of Alzheimer's
Although there is currently no way to cure Alzheimer’s or stop its progression, researchers are making encouraging advances in developing medications to halt the disease in its tracks. In the meantime, other medications and non-drug treatments can promote symptom management.

What To Ask Your Doctor About Alzheimer's Medications
If you're going to ask your doctor about Alzheimer's medications, it seems like your first question should be, "Which one works the best?" But according to the latest research, that's not exactly the case. Learn what to ask your doctor about treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Holistic Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease
A holistic approach links mainstream medical treatments with both herbal supplements and attention to emotional health. Learn more about holistic health care approaches to Alzheimer's disease.

Sleep Disturbance in Alzheimer's Disease
It is estimated that up to 70% of people with Alzheimer's disease will experience disruption of nighttime sleep. Practitioners recommend a variety of coping mechanisms for sleep disorders, ranging from medication to changes in daily routines. Learn how to manage sleep disturbance in Alzheimer's disease.

Melatonin as a Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating illness, but unique treatments like the hormone melatonin may be able to improve difficult symptoms such as sleeplessness and sundowning. Learn about melatonin and what research has found about its benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease.

My Medicare Matters
Sponsored by the National Council on Aging and the Access to Benefits Coalition, with support from AstraZeneca, this site was created to help consumers navigate the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.

Alzheimer's Video News
A public service of the Institute for Neurological Research, Alzheimer's Video News provides "a critical look at the most important news in Alzheimer's research." Watch videos and read reports about the latest developments in Alzheimer's treatment.

ClinicalTrials.gov - The Best Place to Find Research Studies
A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, this database of clinical studies -- including studies about Alzheimer's causes and treatments -- is searchable by disease and geographic location.

Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's
Before you try a supplement like coral calcium or an extract like ginkgo biloba to treat Alzheimer's disease, be sure to read the Alzheimer's Association's summary of alternative treatments and related concerns.

Closing In On Alzheimer's Disease
While developing new treatments for Alzheimer's is an arduous process, researchers are optimistic about a host of new drugs undergoing clinical trials. The American Association of Retired Persons reports on some of these drugs on the horizon that are offering hope for a cure.

How Do the Outdoors Benefit People Living with Dementia?
A breath of fresh air is good for everyone, including people with dementia. Learn about the benefits, barriers and tips to spending time outside.

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