Yesterday, the FDA approved the first skin patch version of Exelon, a drug to treat mild or moderate dementia in patients with Alzheimer's.
The new Exelon patch sounds like a wonderful idea; however, based on my experience with Mom, I don't know whether it would have been an effective treatment. I provide that response due to a 2005 situation when Mom was experiencing chest pains. The doctor couldn't find anything wrong after Mom visited the emergency room; just to be on the safe side, the doctor asked Mom to wear a portable heart monitor for 24 hours in order to see if there were any issues that weren't showing up. Within two hours of returning home, Mom had peeled off the monitor's feeds because she had forgotten why she was wearing it. So in order to be effective in my mother's case, a patch would need to be placed in a location (such as the shoulder) where Mom wouldn't realize it was there and wouldn't be able to physically get to it.
Furthermore, Mom rarely balks at taking pills, having taken some version of them (like vitamins) all of her life. These types of medication also are quickly swallowed and go into her system, so we don't have to worry about any repercussions concerning her memory since these are administered quickly and efficiently by a nurse at her nursing home.
Also read Expert Caregiver Carol Bradley Bursack's SharePost on the Exelon Patch: