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Alzheimers Disease Treatment
There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Treatment focuses on relieving and slowing down the progress of the symptoms, behavior changes, and complications.
An individual with AD should always be under medical care. Much of the day-to-day care, however, is handled by family caregivers. Medical care should focus on optimizing the individual's health, safety, and quality of life while helping family members cope with the many challenges of caring for a loved one with AD. Treatment most often consists of medications and nondrug treatments such as behavior therapy.
Living at Home with Alzheimer's Disease
Many individuals with Alzheimer's disease in the early and intermediate stages are able to live independently.
Other affected individuals require closer supervision or more constant care.
For those people who are able to remain at home or retain some degree of independent living, it is very important that the surroundings be familiar and safe.
Individuals with Alzheimer's disease should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as they are able.
A balanced diet that includes low-fat protein foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables will help maintain a healthy weight and prevent malnutrition and constipation. An individual with AD should not smoke, both for health and safety reasons.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/4/2016
Rodrigo O Kuljis, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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