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  1. Alzheimer's Disease - Other Treatment

    ead about research on the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba and other complementary therapies for Alzheimer's disease.

  2. Alzheimer's Disease - Medications

    At this time, there are no medications that can prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease or that will restore normal mental abilities. Medication may help some people function better by temporarily reducing memory loss and thinking problems.

  3. Cholinesterase Inhibitors for Alzheimer's Disease

    Drug details for Cholinesterase inhibitors for Alzheimer's disease.

  4. Alzheimer's Disease - Home Treatment

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease and what you might expect over time.

  5. Dementia: Testing How Well a Person Functions - Topic Overview

    A health professional may evaluate the day-to-day functioning of a person with Alzheimer's disease by asking questions and observing the person. This often is done informally during the medical history and physical exam. Sometimes the health professional may use a more formal functional status exam to evaluate a person's ability to perform daily activities. A functional status exam may also ...

  6. Medical History and Physical Exam for Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease - Topic Overview

    A person's medical history and a physical exam are important parts of the evaluation when the person has symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.Medical historyThe doctor will ask questions during a medical history to assess a person's past and current overall health and to find out how well the person functions. This process may be complicated if the person isn't able to remember important parts of his or her medical history or isn't aware of the memory loss. A family member can be very helpful in providing information about the person's symptoms, such as when the symptoms were first noticed, how quickly they developed, and whether they have continued to get worse.Other important information in a medical history includes: Other medical problems the person has or has had, such as a stroke, Parkinson's disease, HIV infection, depression, a head injury, heart disease, or lipid disorders (problems with cholesterol levels). In some cases, illnesses can cause confusion or other signs

  7. Alzheimer's Disease - What Happens

    Learn what brain changes lead to Alzheimer's disease.

  8. Apolipoprotein E-4 Genetic (DNA) Test - Topic Overview

    Research into ways to test DNA (genes) to see if a person is likely to develop Alzheimer's disease is progressing rapidly. People who have a gene for apolipoprotein E-4 (ApoE-4) may be more likely to develop the disease,but the presence of the gene cannot predict for sure whether a person will develop Alzheimer's disease. Many people who have the ApoE-4 gene do not get Alzheimer's disease,and ...

  9. Alzheimer's Disease - Exams and Tests

    Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed after other conditions are ruled out. If you are suffering from a decline in mental abilities (dementia), your health professional will attempt to find out if another treatable condition may be causing those symptoms.

  10. National Caregiving Organizations for Alzheimer's Disease

    WebMD provides a list of national caregiving and advocacy organizations to help you care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or another illness.

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