How Treatment Success is Measured

Through the various stages of the disease, the doctor will want to assess how effective treatment is so that he or she can adjust medication as needed to maximise its benefits.

Every 6 months, your doctor or specialist will assess the effectiveness of the treatment, that is, improvement in cognitive function. To do this your doctor will perform the MMSE or ADAS-Cog and compare the score to the previous score. These are brief question and answer tests of memory and thinking abilities.

For treatment to work as well as possible, it's important to ensure that the person with Alzheimer's disease takes his or her medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor. And if you notice any changes in symptoms, be sure to discuss them with the doctor. It is also important to maintain the 6-monthly follow-up appointments.