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After diagnosis: Breaking the Myths

 

Myth: Nothing can be done to treat Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia



Hearing the words “degenerative” and “incurable,” can make us assume that the situation is hopeless, that nothing can be done for the person experiencing Alzheimer’s symptoms. This is a false assumption.

There are medicines that can, in many cases, slow the progression of the disease. Other medications can treat symptoms like anxiety, depression, hallucinations and delusions. The right medical treatment for each individual is best determined by a doctor who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. In Montreal, these specialists can be accessed through a referral to a memory clinic, geriatric assessment clinic, the McGill University Centre for Studies in Aging (at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute), or the Montreal Neurological Institute.

What CAN be done for a person experiencing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia goes far beyond medical treatment. Like many neurological diseases (illnesses of the brain), Alzheimer’s manifests behaviourally, meaning it is only visible through the changed behaviours of the person experiencing it.

Family caregivers who learn to understand, accept and adapt to those behavioural changes can vastly improve quality of life for their diagnosed loved one, and for themselves.

AGI is dedicated to helping the entire family facing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia: Giving the individual with a diagnosis, their caregivers and their families the means to enjoy the best life possible, and live positively with Alzheimer’s.

We know this isn’t easy, that’s why our Support Services staff and Safety Net mentors are there to accompany you every step along the way. We believe in our AGI families, and by creating a community of support, training and education, we’ll help you, the family caregiver and your loved one with a diagnosis Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, make the most of your abilities, resiliency, creativity and resourcefulness.