Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible, but you are not without help or hope. As a caregiver you will want to maintain the very best quality of life you can for your parent. To do this effectively, you will need to take action in good time and create a plan that gives your parent help and assistance.
Because current treatment options center around medications designed to halt or slow the progression of the disease, early detection carries the best chance for positive results, for your parent’s continued independence, and for maintaining an acceptable quality of life.
A treatment program may help your parent maintain or improve a current cognitive level for a period of time. The goal is to maintain improved functioning level until the next generation of medication becomes available. Then the next generation of medications may take over and achieve the same results for another few years. And again. And again.
The opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatment is usually found in neurological practices that specialize in Alzheimer’s or in clinics called ‘memory disorder centers’. You can obtain a list of these through your local Alzheimer’s support organization.