Alzheimer's Disease FAQs (cont.)
How can Alzheimer's disease be treated?
There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Treatment focuses on relieving and
slowing down the progress of the symptoms, behavior changes, and complications.
Individuals with Alzheimer's disease should remain physically, mentally, and
socially active for as long as they are able.
- Daily physical exercise, even a short walk, helps
maximize body and mind functions and helps individuals maintain a healthy
weight. A balanced diet that includes low-fat protein foods and lots of fruits and vegetables will help
prevent malnutrition and maintain a healthy weight. Also, people with
Alzheimer's disease should not smoke, both for health and safety reasons.
- Some studies suggest that mental activity might slow the progression of
Alzheimer's disease, so engaging in as much mental activity as an individual can
handle is important. Puzzles, games, reading, writing, and safe crafts are
examples of mental activities. These activities should be of an appropriate
level of difficulty that the individual is challenged but does not become
- Social interaction is also important. Stimulating and
enjoyable activities in which a person is engaged with others help to keep the
mind active, which can decrease symptoms in most people with early or
intermediate Alzheimer's disease. Most senior centers or community centers have
scheduled activities that are suitable for those with Alzheimer's disease and
other forms of dementia.
The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can sometimes be relieved, at least
temporarily, with medication. Many different types of medications have been or
are being tried in dementia. The medications that have worked the best so far
are cholinesterase inhibitors. Others include
anti-inflammatory medications and
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