How can I treat dementia?

There are currently no treatments that can reverse cognitive decline brought on by dementia. However, there are approaches you can take that can help you fight symptoms and maintain your quality of life for as long as possible.

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Questions to ask your healthcare provider

Before taking any treatment or product, including natural health products, ask your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider the following questions:

  1. What are the potential benefits or results of taking this product?
  2. Are there any alternatives to the treatment offered?
  3. How safe and effective is this product?
  4. Are there any risks taking this product?

Stay in touch with your healthcare provider to discuss any side effects. Your healthcare provider can help you ensure you're receiving the most effective treatment as the disease progresses. That way, you can live as healthily and comfortably as possible.

Read on to learn about the medications approved to treat Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, as well as alternative and potential treatments and the risks of using antipsychotic medications.

You can also check out and download our print-friendly brochure that lists the treatment options that are available to you.

What is aducanumab?

Aducanumab is the newest clinical treatment for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly two decades. A U.S. agency approved the drug in June 2021. A European Union agency refused the drug in December 2021. Drug-maker Biogen withdrew the drug from Health Canada review in June 2022.

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Alternative treatments for dementia

There are other ways to treat dementia that don't involve taking medications. However, it's important to know which alternative treatments have the evidence that proves that they are effective.

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