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Therapeutic Activities

How can therapeutic activities help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s? Planning structured, individualized activities that involve and interest the person with Alzheimer’s may reduce many of the more disturbing behavioral symptoms of AD, such as agitation, anger, frustration, depression, wandering … Continue reading

Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s

How can I communicate better with my loved one who has Alzheimer’s? Learning about Alzheimer’s, how it progresses and how it is managed is critical to understanding how best to interact and communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease. … Continue reading

Home Modification

Home Modification Tips If you decide to have your Alzheimer’s-afflicted loved one continue to live at home, it is important to consider certain safety modifications. Adaptations such as those in the following list can ease the burden on the caregiver … Continue reading

About ALZinfo.org

Education is the first step to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. ALZinfo.org is a tool of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation to educate people about this devastating disease. The mission of the website is to educate, engage … Continue reading

Drug Facts: Cognex (tacrine)

Generic name: tacrine Description Available in 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, and 40 mg capsules. Why It’s Prescribed To slow progression of symptoms during the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Because side effects can be severe, however, this drug is … Continue reading

Drug Facts: Aricept (donepezil)

Generic name: donepezil Description Sold as 5 mg (white) and 10 mg (yellow) round tablets. Why It’s Prescribed To ease the symptoms of early Alzheimer’s. Improves, maintains, or slows the decline in thinking skills and overall ability to perform daily … Continue reading

Drug Facts: Exelon (rivastigmine)

Generic name: rivastigmine Description Available as a dermal patch in 4.6 mg/24 hour (9mg total) dose or 9.5 mg/24 hour (18 mg total) dose or as 1.5 mg (yellow), 3 mg (orange), 4.5 mg (red), and 6 mg (orange and … Continue reading

Drug Facts: Razadyne, Reminyl (galantamine)

Generic name: galantamine Description Comes in 4 mg (white), 8 mg (pink) and 12 mg (brown-orange) tablets. Also available as a liquid for those who cannot swallow tablets. Why It’s Prescribed To ease the symptoms of early Alzheimer’s. May improve, … Continue reading

Drug Facts: Namenda (memantine)

Generic name: memantine Description Sold as 10 mg capsules (gray, with the number “10″ on one side and the letters “FL” on the other) and 5 mg capsules (tan, with “5″ on one side “FL” on the other). Why It’s … Continue reading

Hospice Care

Hospice is a round-the-clock care service for people who are terminally ill. The goal of hospice is to keep the person with Alzheimer’s as comfortable as possible in the final stages of disease and enable the person to spend precious … Continue reading

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