Pharmacology Update: Pharmacologic Management of Alzheimer Disease

Deborah Downey, MN RN CNRN CNS ANP

Disclosures

J Neurosci Nurs. 2008;40(1):55-59. 

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Summary

Although the diagnosis of AD can be devastating, treatment options exist that can slow the disease's progression and allow patients to continue performing ADLs, thereby improving the quality of life for both patient and caregiver. Research is ongoing, and it is estimated by the Alzheimer's Association that finding a treatment that could delay onset by only 5 years could reduce the number of individuals with AD by nearly 50% over the next 50 years (Alzheimer's Association, 2007). Although pharmacotherapy is not yet a cure, it does remain an important part of a total approach to caring for patients and families affected by AD.

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