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Can Alzheimer's disease be cured?

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There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Once a person starts showing signs -- memory loss and problems with learning, judgment, communication, and daily life -- there aren’t any treatments that can stop or reverse them.

But there are medicines that can ease some of the symptoms in some people. They can slow down how quickly the disease gets worse and help the brain work better for longer. It’s important to talk to your doctor about which option may work best for you.

From: Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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Alzheimer’s Association: “Standard Treatments;” “FDA-Approved Treatments for Alzheimer’s;” and “Alternative Treatments.”

American Academy of Neurology Guideline Summary for Patients and their Families: “Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center: “Treatment.

Dysken, M. , Jan. 2014. Journal of the American Medical Association

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Standard Treatments;” “FDA-Approved Treatments for Alzheimer’s;” and “Alternative Treatments.”

American Academy of Neurology Guideline Summary for Patients and their Families: “Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center: “Treatment.

Dysken, M. , Jan. 2014. Journal of the American Medical Association

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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