Dementia Treatments

Approved Medications

Approved Medication Effectiveness:

1/3 of Patients Report:Boost with short-term memory function
1/3 of Patients Report:Keeps them on a steady plane longer
1/3 of Patients Report:Medicines don't have much impact

The approved medications
help with symptoms by slowing the breakdown of a chemical in the brain, acetylcholine, that is important for memory and learning. Response to these medications is highly variable.

Other Medical Treatments

A doctor may prescribe
other medicines to help manage troubling symptoms such as depression, sleeplessness, and behavioural problems including agitation and aggression. Managing these symptoms is important to help the person with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia to be cared for at home.

Non-Medical Approaches

Some non-drug approaches that
help promote physical and emotional comfort may also be appropriate. Including:

  • monitoring for personal discomfort
    • pain
    • hunger and thirst
    • temperature
  • avoiding being confrontational
  • redirecting the person's attention
  • creating a calm environment