Goals of Treatment
While there is no known cure for Alzheimer's disease, it's important to know that there are treatments available to help manage the symptoms. Understanding the goals of treatment will help the person you care about be successful in making the most of their remaining time.
There are three main goals of treatment – and they aim to improve the quality of life of the person with the disease.
- Slowing the progression of the decline and treating symptoms with medications prescribed by their doctor.
Managing the behavioural symptoms of Alzheimer's disease by consulting with the staff from your local Alzheimer's Australia or other support organisations. Specific strategies that might be recommended for managing these symptoms include:
- Learning how you can best communicate and interact with the person in ways that help them to remain as active, engaged and independent as possible
- Involving the person with Alzheimer's disease in meaningful activities
- Learning how to modify the person's home so that it is as safe as possible and supportive of the person's abilities
- Ensuring that the person's overall health is maintained through regular medical care, proper diet, and exercise. A healthy, stimulating environment is part of a strategy to help maintain brain function, and may be protective against cognitive decline
- Providing support for both the person with the disease and their family carer.
Providing care can be stressful, but research shows that when carers are educated about Alzheimer's disease and feel they have the appropriate support, the care of the person with Alzheimer's is improved, and so is the health of the carer.