Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis & Treatments

Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis & Treatments

Diagnosis:

*clinicians can now diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with up to 90% accuracy but it can only be confirmed by an autopsy, during which pathologists look for the disease’s characteristic plaques and tangles in brain tissue.

*Clinicians can diagnose ‘probable’ Alzheimer’s disease by taking a complete medical history and conducting lab tests, a physical exam, brain scans and neuro-psychological tests that gauge memory, attention, language skills and problem-solving abilities.

*Proper diagnosis is critical since there are dozens of other causes of memory problems. Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Treatment:

*Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

*Researchers are continually testing the effectiveness of carious drug therapies that will control symptoms; slow, reduce and/or reverse mental and behavioral symptoms and prevent or halt the disease. The historic ‘National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease’ released by the US Department of Health and Human Services in May 2012 and updated annually, calls for preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

*The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several medications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Currently Available Are:

*Donepezil Hydrochloride (ARICEPT): ARICEPT 5mg-10mg are indicated for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and ARICEPT 10mg-23mg are indicated for moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease:

*Rivastigmine (EXELON) approved in a pill and patch form for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and in a higher dosage EXELON patch for severe Alzheimer’s disease;

*Galantamine hydrobromide (RAZADYNE) approved for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

*Memantine hydrochloride (twice a day oral NAMENDA and once daily NAMENDA XR capsules) for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease (The sale of NAMENDA twice daily tablets is being discontinued effective August 15, 2014)

*Some of these medications can be used alone or in combination and may help slow progression of symptoms and improve quality of life.

*These medications come in various dosages; dispensing requirements (i.e. once or twice a day); formulations (i.e. extended release) and forms, including tablet capsule, liquid and patch.

*Before taking medications, it is advisable to speak with a healthcare provider regarding past and present medical conditions; allergies and possible side effects.

*Currently, research supports behavioral management interventions for individuals with dementia as well as education, counseling and other support services for caregivers.

*The National Institute on Aging, in concert with the FDA, tracks private and government-sponsored clinical trials; contact the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center.

Act Now Foundation

830 Bergen Avenue, Suite 8A

Jersey City, NJ  07306

(201) 721-6721

Disclaimer: this information was taken directly from the Act Now Foundation handout. Please call the Foundation for more information on their programs.

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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One Response to Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis & Treatments

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the Foundation for more information.

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