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How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Treated?

Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth
Medically reviewed by Maushmi Sheth

To understand how to treat it, let’s first figure out what Alzheimer’s disease is and how it could be treated. It’s one of the most common and serious senile illnesses. The main thing that makes this illness so complicated to treat is that it’s a complex disease that can’t be treated with one magic pill.  

Modern medicine focuses on saving cognitive functions to deal with different behavior disorders, and the main thing is to reduce the speed of illness progress.

The primary thing when treating Alzheimer’s disease is to provide comfort and rest to the patient and be patient with them. If coupled with drugs, this treatment will be effective. Also, as we talk about the effectiveness, most drugs are highly effective at the beginning or middle stages. That is why it is very important to detect this illness as early as possible, as it raises chances to minimize damage and reduce the speed of illness progress. 

Everything that doctors can do is prolong a patient’s independent living and reduce the speed of symptoms developing. It’s sad, but indeed it’s true that there are no drugs or methods to stop the illness from progressing.

Main Alzheimer’s Symptoms 

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The main symptoms of the disease could be various. As we mentioned earlier, this illness damages the brain very slowly but is unstoppable; it can last for years. Another important aspect of this disease is that it can be present without any vivid symptoms. So the brain could be already damaged, but there will be no signs of that. In most cases, the patient could see or feel any changes at sixty if it’s a late-onset variant or between thirty and sixty if it’s an early-onset variant; there are two groups of patients. 

The most common symptom of this illness is memory disorders that progress over time. The patient can forget even some basic things like own name or home address, but it’s more typical to happen in bad cases of the disease. That’s why these patients need special care. Patients with Alzheimer’s dementia also have various cognitive disorders, like problems with speech or vision. They also could have spatial orientation impairments and other cognitive disorders and should be treated as early as possible. All these signs could be a signal of the beginning of the illness. As for stages of the disease, doctors highlighted a few groups that vary in their severity. There are preclinical, mild or early stage, moderate, and severe.

 

Mild Stage Symptoms and Their Treatment

At this stage, the patient can have no critical problems, but symptoms of the disease are already present, and the patient can see or feel their development. Of course, family and friends will also see some changes and can recommend calling the doctor. The patient can have problems with memory and speed of thinking, these symptoms influence everyday life, and they will progress over time. Other symptoms are:

  • Losing memory. The patient can forget some small things or daily tasks.
  • Becoming passive. The patient doesn’t get the initiative and doesn’t like to make any decisions.
  • Speech and emotional changes. The patient could have an unstable mood condition and become aggressive for no objective reasons and other behavior changes. As for speech, it could be slow and hard to understand.

This stage of Alzheimer’s is treated with cholinesterase inhibitors, which stop acetylcholine ruining, and have a positive influence on the behavior of the patient. Acetylcholine is important in the brain’s metabolism and influences memory and thinking processes. Also, as we mentioned earlier, treating is aimed to slow down the development of the disease, and using these drugs can help with that.

 

Moderate Stage Symptoms and Their Treatment

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At this stage, the patient is not more fully independent and needs special care. Symptoms of this stage are:

  • Hard memory loss. The patient can forget names, phone numbers, daily tasks, or even own home address. It could be dangerous for the patient because they can easily get lost while going out somewhere.
  • Learning problems. The patient with Alzheimer’s dementia is not able to learn something new, and it’s almost impossible for them to remember any new information.
  • Language disorders. The patient could have trouble working with any information, like reading or writing something; also, it could be hard to calculate numbers and count in mind.
  • Logical thinking disorders. The patient is hard to make any logical conclusions and decisions. Also, it could be hard for them to organize themself. 
  • Attention and recognizing difficulties. The patient cannot pay attention to one thing or task for a long time, which also causes another problem with doing tasks with more than one step. It means that a patient cannot cook something to eat or even take a shower without help. Also, it becomes hard for the patient to recognize their relatives, partner, friends, children. 
  • Mental disorders. The patient can have paranoia and be rude to people around them. They also can swear without any reason and shout at people. The patient can become aggressive fast, and it could be dangerous because they can hurt somebody.

 

This stage of Alzheimer’s is treated like a previous one, but with raised doses of drugs, special medical and home care, and regular doctor supervision. In severe cases, other drugs could also be prescribed. 

 

Severe Stage Symptoms and Their Treatment

At this stage, the patient has critical problems communicating with people because symptoms of the disease are vivid. The patient can no longer be independent; they require special care, and without it, they would not survive. Patients at this stage usually cannot move and lay on the bed all the time. Symptoms of this stage are:

  • Communicating disorders. The patient couldn’t communicate with people anymore.
  • Losing weight. The patient loses weight pretty fast because they are unable to eat normally.
  • Bedsores. Bedsores develop if the patient doesn’t get a special massage and could cause different skin illnesses.
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Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
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Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
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Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
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Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
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01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
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00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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