There is no treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, but drugs like donepezil might slow the loss of mental function in mild to temperate cases. A number of symptoms that are sometimes associated with alzheimer’s disease, like depression and sleeping troubles, can be relieved by antidepressant drug. A disturbed person is given a sedative drug to calm him or her down.
Finally, full–time care is necessary, either at home or in a nursing home. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease is frequently stressful and many caregivers need practical and emotional support, especially if the affected person starts to become argumentative and aggressive.
Support groups help people deal with caring for an aged relative with the disease. Most people with Alzheimer’s disease survive for up to 10 years from the time of diagnosis.