Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Hickory Behavioral Hospital offers comprehensive treatment for people experiencing acute cognitive and behavioral symptoms for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We provide the highest quality of care to compassionately address and stabilize your loved one’s specific problems with medications, therapy, and experienced support services. 

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Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Imaging scans of brains affected by Alzheimer’s will show the presence of amyloid plaques that prevent brain cells from communicating with each other. In addition, doctors think the development of Alzheimer’s may involve genetic mutations triggered by a combination of lifestyle factors, such as smoking, lack of exercise, obesity, and alcohol abuse. Individuals with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and uncontrolled type 2 diabetes also seem more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s as they age.

Alternately, dementia arises from medical conditions that damage parts of the brain. Strokes, substance abuse, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and neurological disorders are commonly attributed to the onset of dementia. Instead of detecting Alzheimer’s “plaques and tangles”, brain imaging scans of people with dementia reveal a severe lack of blood flow within the brain (vascular dementia) or unusual clumps of proteins (Lewy body dementia) that disrupt signaling among neurons. Another rarer type of dementia called frontotemporal dementia tends to impact adults under 60. It is diagnosed by the presence of TDP-43 and tau protein deposits in the frontal and temporal lobes.

Treatment Highlights

Several medications have been approved by the US. FDA to treat symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Donepezil and Rivastigmine help improve memory loss and the ability to think more clearly. They may also delay the progression of Alzheimer’s in people with mild cognitive issues. Combining Donepezil with Memantine can be an effective treatment for alleviating moderate to severe Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s medications work by preventing the release of certain enzymes within the brain that break down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter implicated in judgment, memory, and learning. They may also reduce behavioral problems associated with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s, such as agitation, aggressiveness, and inappropriate actions.

The FDA’s Accelerated Approval Program has recently approved a newer medication called Aducanumab. It is the first Alzheimer’s drug that actually dissolves amyloid deposits primarily responsible for memory problems and general cognitive impairment.

Managing behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s involves medications, therapies, or both, depending on the severity of a person’s Alzheimer’s. In addition, other types of drugs may be prescribed to treat agitation, hallucinations, depression, or sleep disturbances seen in people with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s.

Modifying the environment in which someone with Alzheimer’s resides is meant to make it easier for them to perform daily tasks and be as self-sufficient as possible. For example, installing handrails throughout their home, removing objects that threaten their safety, and installing monitoring systems to keep track of loved ones prone to wandering are just a few ways to prevent falls and manage unexpected behaviors.

Learn More About Geriatric Treatment for Alzheimer’s or Dementia by Calling Hickory Behavioral Hospital

The goal of our Alzheimer’s or dementia treatment services is to help your loved one remain safely in their home for as long as possible. If a loved one is experiencing symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s and needs immediate medical care, contact Hickory Behavioral Hospital by calling 800-668-0336.

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Specializing in Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Progressive brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia are not curable but respond well to medications, supportive care, and environmental modifications.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our admission staff or learn more about our treatment programs.