Alzheimer's Available Therapies
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, there are treatments for different aspects of the disease. Patients and caregivers should always discuss all available options with a doctor to find the best combination. Alzheimer’s research is ongoing and families are hopeful a cure will be found one day soon.
New Alzheimer’s drug approved by the FDA
The newest – and most controversial – medication available is an intravenous infusion called Aducanumab. Some are saying it can remove amyloid plaques on the brain, and delay decline in people with the disease. Others say the FDA approved the drug under pressure and the possible side effects (one being swelling of the brain) are not worth the risk. The Alzheimer’s Association is excited about the new addition, however, and even more so about increasing investments and innovation regarding the disease.
"With any of these medications options and alternative therapies, be sure to understand the benefits versus the risks. The ultimate goal is quality of life, and understanding what that looks like at each stage."
Dementia Behaviors, How to Treat
In each person the disease presents differently. Obviously, there are a variety of medications for memory and cognition. Patients are often depressed or suffer from anxiety, others have difficulty sleeping, and some can even experience hallucinations and delusions. Each of these ailments has a variety of meds that can be tried.
There are also a number of alternative treatments and therapies available. There isn’t as much medical research, and none are approved by the FDA, but they may offer hope or relief for loved ones. Caprylic acid and coconut oil provide an alternate food source for the brain, Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant, and Coral calcium claims to provide more than bone health. Ginkgo biloba has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Huperzine A is similar to a cholinesterase inhibitor, and Omega-3 fatty acids claim to reduce the risk of dementia. Phosphatidylserine could protect brain cells, while Tramiprosate could help build them. Each of these alternate treatments are discussed in much more detail on the Alzheimers Assocation website.
With any of these medications options and alternative therapies, be sure to understand the benefits versus the risks. The ultimate goal is quality of life, and understanding what that looks like at each stage.
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Long Term Care Planning
LTC Consumer understands that an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis can be one of the hardest things any family ever has to deal with. We believe every family should prepare ahead of time to give you peace of mind in your retirement years. Our team of experienced specialists are available in all fifty states to discuss long term care insurance options. Together we will formulate a plan to prevent your family from having to be a caretaker, protect your retirement savings, and help you prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
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