Treatments for Alzheimer Disease
by Michelle Badash, MS
The treatment and management of Alzheimer disease involves lifestyle changes, medications, and alternative and complementary therapies. The goal of treatment is to delay the progression of brain cell failure and manage symptoms. Most people with Alzheimer disease wish to remain home with their family for as long as possible. Therefore, a measure of successful treatment is how long people are able to delay transferring to a nursing home.
Treatment involves the following:
Treatment options for Alzheimer are under investigation. Patients may participate in clinical trials for potential Alzheimer disease treatments. Currently there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of Alzheimer disease.
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 9/17/2014
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