As I have stipulated before and will continue to iterate now and any time in the future when new information comes to light is that some Dementias can be treated. It needs to be realized, however, that there are no therapies available to slow or stop the common neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
It is not that medical experts have not tried but the trials have been largely unsuccessful. The good thing is that there are some drugs that are available to manage certain symptoms. The fact is that most drugs used for Dementia are actually used to treat symptoms in AD.
NINDS indicates on their website the following:
One class of drugs, called cholinesterase inhibitors, includes donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine. These drugs can temporarily improve or stabilize memory and thinking skills in some people by increasing the activity of the cholinergic brain network. The drug memantine is in another class of medications called NMDA receptor agonists, which prevents declines in learning and memory. NMDA receptor agonists work by regulating the activity of the neurotransmitter glutamate. When glutamate activity levels are excessive, neurons may die. Memantine may be combined with a cholinesterase inhibitor for added benefits. These drugs are sometimes used to treat other dementias as well. None of these drugs can stop or reverse the course of the disease.
By accepting these facts, a caregiver can show that With Age Comes Respect. Although that is significant, it, too, won’t be able to cure what is ailing these clients!