There’s no known cure for Alzheimer’s or other dementias, but there may be different treatment options depending on which dementia is present. Some medications such as Aricept and Namenda are thought to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in many people. Also, recently a cancer drug has been shown in mice studies to reverse Alzheimer’s. This drug should soon be tested on people who have Alzheimer’s. Therefore, even with an AD diagnosis, there is reason to hope.
Many people ask about drug trials, especially if they are in a fairly early stage of the disease. The National Institutes of Health is a good place to look for current drug trial information.
For good health, most people - with or without dementia - are advised to eat a good diet with the right types of fat, keep their weight at a healthy level and exercise. Keeping the mind nimble by learning new skills is also important, and many people feel that mind exercise helps them stay mentally sharp longer even after a dementia diagnosis. Stay tuned to HealthCentral/Alzheimer’s for updates on new research.