Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: What You Need to Know

Are there treatments for Alzheimer's disease?

Rick’s story

Image of older man kissing woman's foreheadMy wife Jenny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. She’s been taking medicine for her memory problems. It’s helped some, but now she seems to be getting worse.

We talked with the doctor. He’s going to change her medicine and see if that helps. We both know there is no cure, but we do want more time together.


Image of healthcare professional counseling male patientThere are medicines that can treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. But, there is no cure. Most of these medicines work best for people in the early or middle stages of the disease. For example, they can keep your memory loss from getting worse for a time. Other medicines may help if you have trouble sleeping, or are worried and depressed. All these medicines may have side effects and may not work for everyone.

Publication Date: June 2011
Page Last Updated: March 21, 2014