6 Ways to Manage Alzheimer’s Disease

The treatment of Alzheimer's is multifaceted, and can include medication, environment, exercise, and diet. As the disease progresses, patients will require different treatment plans. We've compiled a list of ways to manage Alzheimer's disease based on information from the Mayo Clinic. 1. Medications: A variety of medications are used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, including cholinesterase inhibitors which act by boosting the communication of brain cells and memantine which slows down the progression of the symptoms of the disease. These medications can often have side effects, including sleep disturbance, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, headache and a slow heart rate. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs may also be prescribed, but these can increase the risk of falls for the patients. MORE: How communication is affected by Alzheimer's disease 2. Safe environment: Creating a safe and familiar environment is paramount for Alzheimer's patients. Reduce the risk of accidents by keeping ample space around furniture and removing any loose rugs or other tripping hazards. Keeping everyday objects in places where the patient can easily find them will make day-to-day living easier. Keeping keys, mobile phones and wallets together in an easy-to-remember place will make leaving the house less challenging. A tracking device or app set up on a mobile phone will give loved ones peace of mind if the Alzheimer's patient becomes lost or confused. Place familiar objects such as family photographs and souvenirs around the house to help prompt memory. Remove unnecessary mirrors, patients with Alzheimer's can become confused by mirrors so confine them to the bathroom. 3. Routine: Keeping a routine is important for Alzheim
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