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The treatment and management of Alzheimers 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 patients with Alzheimers disease wish to remain home with their family for as long as possible. Therefore, a measure of successful treatment is how long patients are able to delay transferring to a nursing home.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Alternative and complementary therapies

Treatment options for Alzheimers are under investigation. Patients may participate in clinical trials for potential Alzheimers disease treatments. Currently there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of Alzheimers disease.

References:

Alzheimers disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated July 11, 2012. Accessed August 22, 2012.

Alzheimer's disease medications fact sheet. National Institute on Aging website. Available at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/medicationsfs.htm. Updated July 2010. Accessed August 22, 2012.

Neugroschl J, Sano M. An update on treatment and prevention strategies for Alzheimer’s disease. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2009;9(5):368-376.

Treatments for Alzheimers. Alzheimer’s Association website. Available at: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_treatments.asp. Accessed August 22, 2012.



Last reviewed September 2014 by Rimas Lukas, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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