Memory loss is a frightening reality plaguing many senior citizens and there is currently no cure for reversing the process once it’s started. It can be hard to cope with the fact that your loved one could forget things and people that are important to them once they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Being forgetful could eventually lead to your loved one being put in an unnecessarily dangerous situation. If you are consistently worried about your loved one’s safety due to deteriorating memory, it may be time to begin treatment and/or therapy to help curtail the effects of memory loss.
This is a common problem for many Americans with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease currently affects over 5 million people in the United States, including approximately one in nine individuals over the age of 65. No treatment plan is one hundred percent perfect for each individual case. An evaluation by a medical professional can provide direction for which treatment path would be best to take. Doctor’s will take into account a patient’s age, overall health, the amount of memory loss that has already taken place, and their lifestyle.
The first form of treatment is medication. There are a handful of prescriptions that help combat memory loss, but they are only effective in some cases and work best if administered in the first 6-12 months of memory loss. If given in the correct time frame, these prescriptions are proven to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.
The other form of treatment available for memory loss is therapy. Music and art therapy are common forms of treatment that seek to engage the patient’s mind. It is unknown how much these treatments really help, but it definitely works to combat feelings of stagnation and depression. As the medical community continually works toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, patients turn to medication and therapy to treat their memory loss.