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A Loved One Has Been Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease: Now What?

By: www.ALZinfo.org When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, many questions come to mind. First is the question “Is there a cure?” Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are drugs that may improve or … Continue reading

Clinical Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Dr. Barry Reisberg Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a characteristic process with readily identifiable clinical stages. These clinical stages exist in a continuum with normal aging processes. The clinical stages of AD can be described in alternative ways. For example, … Continue reading

What Medications are Available to Treat Behavioral Problems?

What types of behavioral problems might be expected? In later stages of the disease, people with Alzheimer’s might experience distinct changes in behavior or personality. In fact, the first recognized case of Alzheimer’s, back in 1906, was in a patient … Continue reading

The Science of Caring

While searching for the cause and developing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the Fisher Center Foundation is also funding projects to support the many family members and friends who are on the front lines of caring for the more than … Continue reading

What Drugs are Approved for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Five drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Reminyl, Exelon, Aricept and Cognex belong to a class of drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors. Each acts in a … Continue reading

What are the Goals of Alzheimer’s Treatment?

The primary goals of treatment for Alzheimer’s are to improve the quality of life for the person suffering and for his or her caregiver(s). Treatment typically comprises three interrelated approaches: 1.) Slowing the progression: Treatment in most cases will involve … Continue reading

Anti-psychotic Drugs Pose Fatal Risks in People With Alzheimer’s

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease who take antipsychotic drugs may be at increased risk for death. Continue reading

Bright Lights and Melatonin May Aid Alzheimer’s Care

Use of bright lighting in senior care facilities was associated with improvement in dementia symptoms. Continue reading

Aricept Proves Ineffective for the Agitation of Alzheimer’s

Aricept, a drug commonly prescribed to treat cognitive decline in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, proved no more effective than a placebo for easing agitation, restlessness, and other behavioral symptoms of the disease. Continue reading

Drugs to Ease Agitation of Alzheimer’s May Pose Risks

Medications to treat the behavior problems of dementia may slightly increase the risk of death. Continue reading