So there are medications.
Medications are usually related to
whatever stage of disease the person is in,
and what we're trying to do is we're trying to keep
that person from losing more of their capabilities.
So in that mild or moderate arena, we
are looking at things like Aricept.
We're looking at some of the
other medications, Exelon.
These are medications that help the
person to refresh memory, to stay cogent.
When it gets to moderate or severe,
we're now looking at Namenda.
We're looking at Aricept again
and some antidepressants.
If the mood is very labile, we may also be
considering anticonvulsants and mood stabilizers.
Remember when when we are going to be
treating persons with Alzheimer's disease,
the medications treat the symptoms.
You are not going to be treating Alzheimer's itself
because this is a progressive chronic brain disease.
And so we're not treating the brain itself.
What we're treating is to help the person with
the symptoms that they're trying to live with.
Now, there are some environmental
and therapeutic strategies.
These strategies are going to be delivered by
professionals who have, as their professional training,
a well known body of tools.
For example, occupational therapists will be
working to help the person to keep dexterity.
We may have Milieu therapy where they're
going into a situation like the hospital
or perhaps an extended care facility
for persons who have dementia,
where the whole environment is set
up to increase their functioning
and to slow down this progression of loss.
We're also thinking about family education
because a person who has spent their lifetime
being the head of the family is now
going to require quite a bit of support.
And so family education to learn
how to keep the person safe and
to make sure that they're doing everything that they
can to keep them at their highest functioning level.
And it is very exhausting for
the family and the caregivers
who's taking care of a person who has
dementia, who has Alzheimer's disease.
And so we want to make sure that we are
finding the resources in the community
so that the caregiver will also
have the support that are needed.