By Dr. Kate Glywaski
Although there are numerous medications used to treat memory loss, mild cognitive impairment and even Alzheimer’s Disease, there is no cure at the moment.
Approximately 1 in 3 people over the age of 80 are currently affected by the moderate-to-severe memory loss problems which are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease. There are two current type of medications on the market:
- Cholinesterane Inhibitors – Medications which boost cell-to-cell communication. These medications are known by brand names Aricept, Razadyne and Exelon.
- Memantine (Namenda) – Works in another area of the brain to slow the progression of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s Disease.
Diet and Exercise
Lifestyle can contribute to the well-being and stability of memory loss sufferers. A healthy diet and an active lifestyle all contribute to promoting overall well-being.
Currently, researchers such as myself are working to find medications which work on amyloid plaque in the brain, an area we now believe contributes to the progression of Alzheimer’s. Current developments are very exciting and there are dozens of clinical trials going on around the world. If you’ve never heard of clinical trials, they are a way to have access to treatments that may not make it onto the market for years because of ongoing testing and regulations.
Clinical trials are highly regulated and you have access to no-cost treatment, evaluations (even some that your regular healthcare may not pay for), investigational medications (some of which allow you to continue on your current medications) and the care of board-certified physicians. In addition, many clinical trials compensate you for your time and travel expenses.
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