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Old 07-05-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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Are there any new Alzhemier's drugs? or anything that could help dementia? I want to find out if there is anything for my mother who is either just having memory loss or onset of Alzheimer's in her mid-70s before I broach the topic with her. Is there anything that can help memory? Anything that could slow down memory loss at this age? It would have to be an FDA approved rx - she won't do anything "alternative" or "natural" if that makes sense. She's kind of old school in that she thinks all of that is "hippie"
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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All drugs only stave off further deterioration. To my knowledge, once the brain is damaged by Alz it can't recover. Are you sure of the diagnosis? There are several types of dementia, vascular being very common.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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There are some FDA approved medications that can slow the progression of some dementias.

Do not wait to go to the doctor! Memory loss is NOT a normal part of aging and can be caused by many things, including illnesses other than dementias. Encourage your mother to see her physician regarding this concern, and get a thorough check-up.

Best of luck.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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My deceased husband was diagnosed with dementia. He was tested the results showed dementia, not alz at that point in time. He was put on Aricept, it did help slow down the progress, that was it, no cure that I know of.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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I have this same problem with my mother. I researched and researched and bought her all manner of supplements including a good many of those listed here: Life Extension Suggestions - Huperzine A, R- Lipoic Acid, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Panax Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba and some others like ibuprofen, r lipoic acid and brewer's yeast. She wouldn't take them even though I bought three 7 day pill dispensers and filled them all up. She is getting worse and worse and it just kills me. She will not acknowledge there could be a problem so she won't take prescription meds either. *sigh* No answers but I feel for you. I am going to try printing up some documentation for my mother from reputable sites and try to get her to take at least a few supplements. I might frame them in ways that would attract her for other issues like curcumin for her arthritic knees.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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Aricept, Exelon and Razadyne are known to diminish the symptoms associated with the disease. Aricept the most popular drug for Alzheimer's disease.

Namenda is also another drug that I haven't done enough research to warrant it's effectiveness against Alzheimer's.

One neurologist advised me from early on that Vitamin E is a very important detterent if effective against developing the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Eating right for your blood type is also important to minimalize the risks of getting the disease.
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