Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
Alzheimer's disease is caused by damaged proteins called plaques and tangles. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.
- Memory loss, causing repeated repetition
- Behavior and mood changes in later stages
Treatment includes those useful with dementias with a special focus on:
- Dementia drugs
- Antipsychotics, anti-anxiety and mood management drugs for BPSD. (These drugs can also be problematic for anyone with dementia[i], and even anyone over 70.) [ii]
Non-drug remedies, usually used with medical treatment:
- Alternative therapies
- Rehabilitation therapy, especially occupational therapy
- Healthy living practices
- Preventive measures
- Enhancing activities
- Engagement skills
[ii] Cane, M. (2015) Elderly at risk when antipsychotic drugs used to treat dementia. The Columbus Dispatch • Monday November 2, 2015. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/02/elderly-at-risk-in-using-antipsychotic-medications.html
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