Alzheimer's Cure Elusive Despite Progress
Ronald Reagan's struggle shows how far we've come, how far we have to go.
Today's Alzheimer's Disease Treatments continued...
Other treatments don't affect Alzheimer's disease itself but
can help reduce the agitation that often distresses patients and their
caretakers. Agitation is the word used to describe the many behaviors that pop
up as Alzheimer's disease progresses. These include personality changes, sleep
disturbances, delusions, hallucinations, restlessness, and emotional
Behavioral interventions. Sometimes it helps to simplify a
patient's environment and routine tasks. Patients may need extra rest between
stimulating events. Labels or verbal cues can reduce disorientation.