Technology and devices to support the treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia (2023)

Last updated: June 29, 2020


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Technology has become easier to use for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias and their caregivers. High-tech tools like location trackers can monitor and help, while low-tech tools like special eating utensils or clothing are also available to make living with dementia easier. There are even "voice assistants" like Amazon Echo or Google Home that can help with a variety of tasks, from medication reminders to remote control of devices. This article describes devices for securing the home, assisting with activities of daily living, improving symptoms, and more.

home security technology

Monitor device usage
Forgetting to turn things off becomes a problem when someone progresses through the stages of Alzheimer's disease; so device usage monitors are a good idea for loved ones to keep track of things like a microwave, coffee maker, TV, light bulbs, curling iron, garage door , or CPAP machine. These devices plug into a power strip or outlet and allow you to monitor whether your loved one has remembered to turn it off, usually from their phone. They can be voice controlled and allow you to easily turn something off if your loved one forgets it. You can also use it to control lights, fans or your thermostat remotely. The cost is usually around $30.

medical warnings
Personal Emergency Call Systems (PERS), also known as Medical Emergency Call Devices, can make the difference between life and death in an emergency. Many of these devices detect falls, which are particularly common in people with dementia, and send rescue teams to their homes. You can also allow your loved one to contact emergency services at the touch of a button. They are usually worn around the neck on a lanyard or clipped to a pocket and often include other features such as GPS tracking. Advanced PERS even uses motion sensors to detect movement and alert caregivers to specific activities such as: B. prolonged stove use. Watches with these systems are also available, but the watches are not the best option for people with advanced stages of dementia.Click herefor a guide to comparing PERS vsHerefor more information about dementia-specific medical alerts.

location tracker
walkIt's a problematic behavior that many people with dementia may experience for a variety of reasons. Tracking devices are the answer. They include GPS so the hiker can be easily located and avoid getting lost. These devices can also be programmed to alert caregivers when a person with dementia leaves a certain area (“geo-fencing”). Small and easy to wear on a lanyard or clip on clothing or in a pocket, and typically costing around $40 or more, location tracking devices offer great security for caregivers.

Another useful tool for managing walks is theSensor SafeWander($79), which started out as a special sock that notifies caregivers when their loved one gets out of bed at night, but has been converted into a small sensor that attaches easily to clothing and serves the same purpose, indicating that the resident of street is waking up getting up and out of bed and may need help in the middle of the night. Location trackers like SafeWander work via a smartphone app and alert caregivers and/or multiple loved ones via their phones when someone with dementia is wandering around, has fallen or gotten out of bed. More information about smartphones and apps for caregivers and people with dementia can be found below.

language memories
Speech reminder devices allow caregivers to personalize memories of loved ones with dementia. Some voice-activated technologies allow caregivers to set a specific time for reminders to play, while others work through a motion sensor. Devices that work by motion detection can be of great benefit to those who tend to wander, as caregivers can pre-record a message reminding a loved one not to leave the house at night when approaching the door. For people with dementia who have only mild memory problems, a small digital recording device, such as a note-taking pen or one worn around the neck, can be helpful. This type of device allows people to record memories for themselves and then play them back.

Home cameras can be pointed at strategic locations, such as B. Medicines in the bathroom or main room or bedroom where a loved one with dementia spends most of their time. Clear and continuous transmissions can be monitored via smartphones or online. There are even cameras with speakers that allow you to talk to your loved one like an intercom, and that can be programmed to send an alarm if they don't detect movement after a certain amount of time. Home security cameras with motion sensors and an intercom usually cost around $70 or more. The most basic cameras can cost around $30.

did you knowStudies show demonstrable savings for families using remote monitoring due to fewer ER visits, fewer longer hospital stays, and fewer hospital stays.

Adaptive household products for people with dementia

A symptom of dementia is wasting time. Watches designed specifically to treat dementia can help by clearly displaying the date and time, as well as the time of day, in clear, large print without abbreviations. This means that the clock actually shows "evening", "morning", "day", "afternoon" etc. This relieves anxiety by reducing confusion and also helps you stick to routine. Someone whose eyesight is failing might buy dementia watches that announce the time information aloud when you tap anywhere on the screen. These watches typically cost between $30 and $100.

talking photo albums
Talking photo albums contain photos of loved ones, each with a button that plays a prerecorded message explaining what's on the page. It's a great way to remember loved ones or fun times from the past, and pages can also include useful things like medication management (pictures of accompanying medications), reminders for things like appointments, and instructions for operating gadgets like the vending machine. wash or microwave. . A 20-page talking photo album typically costs around $40.

Loudspeaker suitable for people with dementia
Music helps with healing, so investing in a simple speaker designed to play someone with Alzheimer's favorite songs can be really beneficial. Studies show that the effect music has on people with dementia is incredible. In one study, after 20 minutes of listening to music, people with Alzheimer's saw an immediate and measurable increase in happiness, eye contact and loquacity, as well as a decrease in fatigue. (For more information,Click here). Some devices only require a sturdy handle to be raised to start playing music and lowered to stop. There are also speakers whose settings are set behind a big button, so the songs and volume are pre-programmed and a person only needs to press that button to start (or stop) the music.

Custom Phones
There are three types of custom phones: custom home phones, cell/folding phones, and smartphones.

Adaptive home phones come pre-programmed with important phone numbers so your loved one doesn't have to remember or write them down, and they have big, easy-to-use buttons. The Future Call Picture Care Phone ($33), for example, has real photos of loved ones' faces on the buttons that correspond to each person. These phones can be used by people with intermediate-stage dementia, while the smartphones listed below are generally only useful for people with Alzheimer's or a related illness in the early stages.

personalized cell phones; These are more traditional looking phones with a streamlined design and large buttons. These phones are specially designed for seniors, amplifying the sound of voice calls and responding to the voices of the visually impaired. In the early stages of dementia, phones look like thisLucycan help you stay connected.

personalized smartphones; If someone with dementia is already familiar with their smartphone, there's no reason to give it up in the early stages. Some smartphones, for exampleJitterbug Smart 2 de GreatcallThey are specially made for seniors. Features include a simple interface with large text and an easy-to-understand options menu, voice input, and speakers that amplify voices for easy conversations. Smartphones for seniors should also include one-tap emergency calling in the event of an accident.

Technology to assist in activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living

automatic tablet dispenser
There are several different types of automatic pill dispensers, starting at $35, that can be easily programmed to beep, flash, or signal when it's time to take your medication and the exact amount in something like a Dispense measuring cup. Multiple alarms can be set for each day, and there are even dispensers that record voice reminders so you can tell them exactly what is being dispensed and why, further alleviating the anxiety that comes with taking medication. As dementia progresses, more expensive pill dispensers that caregivers can control remotely may be needed. They will even notify caregivers if a dose is missed.

did you knowVoice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home can be programmed to remind a person when they need to take medicine, and can also do other things like B. Control home appliances and make calls. See “Voice Assistants for Dementia” below.

razor / shaver
People with dementia can still use an electric razor without cutting themselves, although pre-shave lotion is a good idea to make the process go smoother. A great way to reduce your loved one's anxiety about shaving with an electric razor is to grab a second electric razor and turn it on, creating a mental connection with what you're doing.
Gillette makes a more traditional disposable razor called the TREO that allows a caregiver to shave their loved one with little or no water. The handle is designed to be held like a brush and contains a special lubricating gel to keep your face hydrated while you work with the blade. For more,Click here.

help to eat
Special dishes and utensilsEating easier for people with dementiaand can help maintain independence longer. Forks, spoons and knives with extra-large handles make handling easier. Special plate guards ("food bumpers") are attached to the edges of plates to prevent spills and make food easier to catch. Spoon bowls with higher rounded edges are also helpful, as are plates with suction cups that keep them from moving or slipping.

elevated baths
Making it easier to get up and down on the toilet is an easy way to help someone who is having trouble going to the toilet (go to the bathroomis a common symptom of intermediate- and advanced-stage dementia). Elevated toilets are easier to use for older people who have difficulties. It's also a good idea to install grab bars next to the toilet.

sliding transfer seat
Getting in and out of the bath or shower is difficult and can even be dangerous for people with mobility issues in intermediate or advanced stage dementia. A special swivel chair (called the Platinum Health Carousel) simply installs a rail that slides in and out of the tub. One person only needs to sit on the padded seat to slide in and out of the tub without having to climb over the edge or be lifted. carousel is availableHere.

three sided toothbrush
As dementia progresses, brushing your teeth becomes more difficult. A caregiver may need to take over and brush your loved one's teeth. Using a children's toothbrush is a good idea as the bristles are soft, but you should find one with a longer handle. Another good tool is the 3-sided toothbrush, whose bristles touch the tooth on all surfaces at once, making brushing faster and easier. The company Dentrust supplies a toothbrush with three headsHere.

tailored clothes
For people with dementia, one of the problems is havingdress or changethere may be difficulties with buttons or zippers. However, there are special garments that use tricks like velcro under fake buttons or slits in the back of shirts and pants (for wheelchair users) to make clothes more comfortable.dollars and dollarssells clothing options, including a one-piece with a zipper back designed to look like a shirt and pants, specifically designed for people with dementia who may be prone to inappropriate undressing.

Use of language assistants (Amazon Echo and Google Home) in dementia

Google Home and Amazon Alexa (also called Amazon Echo) are space-saving desktop devices that help people with dementia and their caregivers. Both devices can be programmed (by the caregiver or a loved one) to change the thermostat and turn lights and appliances on or off with a simple voice command. They can also play music, make phone calls, answer questions and tell jokes or riddles. The alarm function of both types of devices can be set to remind a person when it is time to take medication.
It is important to remember that these devices need to be configured in advance to respond to your loved one's voice commands. A person with dementia can only use Home or Alexa after someone else has spent time setting them up.

Amazon Echo Show
Another smart option is Amazon's Echo Show (starts at $90), which has a 5-inch screen and its drop-in feature that can be programmed to initiate two-way video calls without pressing a button. This means that when you receive a call, it simply appears and is immediately (visually) connected to the caller, without the moments of confusion so common on smartphones. Because the Echo Show responds to voice commands rather than a remote control or phone app, it's much easier for people with dementia to use. Your options are the same as Alexa: Echo can display videos and photos, play music, and tell jokes or riddles.

Google Nest Hub
Much like the Amazon Echo Show, the Google Nest Hub ($80 and up) is a 7-inch display that often looks like a digital picture frame (and can actually be programmed to scroll photos of loved ones when they they are not). used). ). The Nest Hub lacks the handy drop-in feature for the Amazon Echo Show discussed above, but the Nest Hub and Google Home voice assistants are known to answer questions based on Google's search engine better than Amazon's products. .

Another unique feature of Next Hub is controlling the brightness of your photos to match the room's ambient lighting so they don't look digital. This can be important for someone with dementia who is particularly sensitive to bright lights and distractions. If viewing photos is important to your loved ones, Google's Nest Hub is the best option.

Smartphone Apps for Alzheimer's and Dementia

Technology can be overwhelming for people with dementia, but the large touch surfaces of tablets and larger smartphones have made it easier for people with dementia, particularly in the early stages, to communicate or pass the time.

For entertainment/brain training
spiritual partner(free) offers daily activities and games to improve brain health and can be personalized for your loved one based on their level of intellectual disability. The app has mental exercises and even physical exercises and tracks progress. Includes nutrition tips and clips from classic movies, songs and TV shows from decades past.

My 3D coral aquarium(free) is highly recommended for people with dementia. The app lets you customize a pool with fish swimming across the screen, which could calm someone with Alzheimer's. The fish react to touching the screen just like in a real tank.

We will create! pottery(free) offers an activity that calms and stimulates creativity. Just tap the rotating clay to flatten your pages into a unique vase or flowerpot and save your favorites to a collection.

for safety/care
It's finished!($2.99) isn't for reminders, but it lets you confirm that important tasks have already been completed. You don't remember if the stove went out or if you took the medicine? Look for a tick in the application. You can also send emails to your loved ones to confirm that everything is over.

talking mats(free) allows the user to communicate through images and icons. Ideal for those who find it difficult to speak and explain, talking rugs can express specific ideas (there are images for scenarios and actions) and emotional states.

of the rainbow(free) is for caregivers who need to make a space, such as a home or hospital room, more comfortable for a person with dementia. Dubbed the "dementia design audit tool," the app assesses the space and provides a report with suggestions such as color contrasts and lighting improvements that can significantly improve your loved one's comfort and safety.

care zone(free) is a useful tool to manage all medical care, useful for someone in the early stages of dementia and caregivers in the later stages. The app easily organizes medication lists, sets reminders to take medications, requests refills, and tracks doctor appointments.

Futuristic technology to help people with dementia

telepresent robots
A pricier ($12,000!) but futuristic and spectacular option is Giraff, a "telepresence robot" that lets you visit your loved one and move around the house without actually being there. Giraff is a display in a mailbox that is remotely controlled via a mouse over the internet. Giraff has sturdy wheels so it can move freely and the screen can be tilted up and down. Operated by remote control, it can make your loved one feel like they are in the room, as well as allow you to visit them remotely and check if there are any problems around them, such as security risks or disturbances.advance.

pet robots
Studies have also shown that a low-maintenance pet reduces anxiety and behavior problems in people with Alzheimer's or related dementia. Well, it requires no less maintenance than a robot cat specifically designed to help the elderly. Joy For All's Companion Pet ($99) is a cat that has realistic fur and purrs designed to simulate a real friendly cat's purr. It moves realistically and sensors allow it to respond to pets and hugs. He even turns around to rub his belly. At night, he yawns and falls asleep. He meows too, but not too much.advance.

portable detection devices
These are still under development, but worth mentioning. Companies are working on wearable devices such as pocket key chains or special watches that record data including how a person walks, heart rate and sleep patterns. The data will be analyzed by artificial intelligence and could be used to diagnose a person with dementia before symptoms appear so that healthcare professionals can identify them. This would be a game changer because early detection is the most important part of treating dementia symptoms. HeEarly detection of neurodegenerative diseases(EDoN) announced the project in 2020 and hopes to launch it widely within three years.

Brille Augmented Reality
Another promising technology expected in the coming years is assistive smart glasses (or augmented reality glasses) for people with early or intermediate stage dementia. AR glasses encourage independence by helping the wearer stay safe and helping them find objects, get directions, or learn the names of people the wearer sees. Glasses can show a person information about what they are looking at in a large, easy-to-read font, in a way that doesn't block the view. The AR glasses would also work like some of the previous devices: tracking while walking, alerting emergency services in the event of an accident like a fall, and setting up "geofences" to determine whether the wearer has left a designated safe area.


Technology and devices to support the treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia? ›

Focused ultrasound is a rapidly evolving, noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with Alzheimer's disease.

What technology is used to treat Alzheimer's? ›

Focused ultrasound is a rapidly evolving, noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with Alzheimer's disease.

What are assistive technology devices for people with dementia? ›

a standalone piece of equipment e.g. automated prompts, medical reminders, night/day clocks, locator devices. part of a safety system e.g. automated lights, shut-off devices, fall detectors, location monitoring services. These often link to a sensor/alarm system such as telecare.

How technology is helping patients battling Alzheimer's disease? ›

Even the simplest technology tools offer Alzheimer's patients a great degree of help. To begin with, reminders in the form of messages can be recorded on a device at home and then played back out loud at the appropriate time. Some devices can even play messages based on the person's activity.

What are 3 treatments for Alzheimer's? ›

Treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease

Galantamine, rivastigmine, and donepezil are cholinesterase inhibitors that are prescribed for mild to moderate Alzheimer's symptoms. These drugs may help reduce or control some cognitive and behavioral symptoms.

What is the innovative treatment for Alzheimer's? ›

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted accelerated approval to a new Alzheimer's treatment called lecanemab, which has been shown to moderately slow cognitive and functional decline in early-stage cases of the disease.

What are 5 assistive devices? ›

Examples include:
  • magnifiers,
  • talking devices such as a talking thermostat,
  • Braille displays,
  • screen reading software,
  • text-to-speech systems using Optical Character Recognition (OCR),
  • large print materials, and.
  • phones with large tactile buttons.

What are 3 examples of the use of assistive devices in the elderly? ›

Mobility assistive technology devices help older adults to get around more easily. They include, but are not limited to walking canes, activator poles, walkers, crutches, scooters (wheelchairs with electric motors), up-lift seat assists, stair elevators, rope ladders, and wheelchairs.

What are example of assistive devices and technology? ›

Examples of assistive devices and technologies include wheelchairs, prostheses, hearings aids, visual aids, and specialised computer software and hardware that increase mobility, hearing, vision, or communication capacities.

Can dementia patients use technology? ›

There are many different technologies that can help you in your everyday life. This includes assistive technology designed to help with problems related to dementia as well as general technology that may be useful, such as apps for smartphones and tablet devices.

How can you help Alzheimer's and dementia? ›

To limit challenges and ease frustration:
  1. Schedule wisely. Establish a daily routine. ...
  2. Take your time. Anticipate that tasks may take longer than they used to and schedule more time for them. ...
  3. Involve the person. ...
  4. Provide choices. ...
  5. Provide simple instructions. ...
  6. Limit napping. ...
  7. Reduce distractions.

How can you help someone with Alzheimer's and dementia? ›

10 Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer's
  1. Educate yourself about Alzheimer's disease. ...
  2. Stay in touch. ...
  3. Be patient. ...
  4. Offer a shoulder to lean on. ...
  5. Engage the person with dementia in conversation. ...
  6. Offer to help the family with its to-do list. ...
  7. Engage family members in activities. ...
  8. Offer family members a reprieve.

What devices are used to improve memory? ›

Mnemonic devices are useful learning aids when memorizing large amounts of information. Using memory-boosting tools, such as loci, chunking, or rhyming, can make learning much easier and even fun.

What is the best communication device for dementia? ›

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Is there a mobile device for Alzheimer's? ›

The RAZ Memory Cell Phone is the only cell phone specifically designed for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's, although it is also a good choice for some seniors who just want a very simple experience.

What are the most promising treatments for Alzheimer's? ›

What's the latest development with lecanemab? Lecanemab was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for early Alzheimer's disease in January 2023. This means that it can now be given to patients with early Alzheimer's disease in the USA.

What is the best Alzheimer's treatment? ›

Three cholinesterase inhibitors are commonly prescribed:
  • Donepezil (Aricept) is approved to treat all stages of the disease. It's taken once a day as a pill.
  • Galantamine (Razadyne) is approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's. ...
  • Rivastigmine (Exelon) is approved for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

What is the most common treatment for Alzheimer's? ›

Cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept®, Exelon®, Razadyne®)

These drugs support communication between nerve cells. The cholinesterase inhibitors most commonly prescribed are: Donepezil (Aricept®): approved to treat all stages of Alzheimer's disease.

What are supportive devices? ›

Supportive devices – adaptive equipment used to provide support to the person. due to therapy needs, the person is non-ambulatory, or uses orthotics or braces. in some manner. If determined by the therapist, the device may be altered to. meet the needs of the individual.

What is smart assistive technology? ›

What is smart assistive technology for the home? Assistive technology is any physical device that helps you to do something more easily or safely, or to overcome a barrier related to your disability. In the home, AT makes your space more livable and gives you more independence.

What are four different accessibility devices? ›

Some examples of assistive technologies are: Mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, crutches1, prosthetic devices, and orthotic devices.

What devices do the elderly use? ›

These devices can range from simple tools like canes or walking sticks, to more complex devices like wheelchairs or scooters. Assistive devices can help elderly people stay mobile and independent, and can make everyday tasks like bathing or cooking much easier.

What are the assistive technology in the home? ›

Assistive technology devices are basically helpful products that improve or maintain a person's ability to live and function independently. Some Assistive technology can be as simple as a hearing aid or cane, or as sophisticated as a voice-activated computer system or mechanical hoist to lift and turn someone in bed.

What are the types of assistive devices that can be used to help someone ambulate? ›

Ambulatory devices include canes, crutches, and walkers. They assist with ambulation by enhancing the patient's balance and ability to bear weight. Many patients receive little or no professional assistance when selecting an ambulatory device.

What is one example of high tech assistive technology? ›

High Tech Assistive Technology Examples

A key example is a vibrating alarm clock, which can assist the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Speech to text technology, which artificially produces human speech, also provides benefits to deaf students, enabling them to communicate more effectively with those around them.

What is Level 1 and Level 2 assistive technology? ›

Level 1 (basic): is low-cost, low-risk and participants will mostly identify and source this themselves. Examples include: nonslip bathmats, large print labels, doorbells, etc. Level 2 (standard): are typically 'off the shelf' Assistive Technology that many participants can test and trial before making a final choice.

What is modern assistive technology? ›

It specifically refers to enhanced existing technologies that help people perform specific tasks. Some adaptive technology examples include: Large print books. Keyboard modifications. Accessibility tools for OS, browsers, and software.

What are robots used for dementia patients? ›

It's a special robot named Pepper that can talk and even dance with the residents to keep them active. Amid staffing shortages at nursing homes, the robot is part of a pilot program that's helping seniors both physically and mentally.

How do you stimulate the brain with dementia? ›

Examples of brain-challenging games can include chess, tabletop games, video games, word and number puzzles, jigsaws, crosswords, sudoku and memory games. For games on your computer, your tablet or your phone, find games where you can play and interact with other people.

What is the use of iPads with dementia? ›

iPads can support communication between residents and relatives. For example, they can be used to look at photographs together and discuss people and places. They also help residents to keep in touch with relatives and friends through the use of video calling apps such as FaceTime and Skype.

What is the difference between dementia and alzheimers? ›

Dementia vs. Alzheimer's Disease: What is the Difference? Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life, while Alzheimer's is a specific disease. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia.

Should dementia patients watch TV? ›

For men and women with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, it can be especially beneficial. Watching movies and TV shows can help keep their brain active, which can stimulate positive memories, improve mood, and even increase socialization.

What is the best way to fight dementia? ›

  1. Physical activity. Doing regular physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dementia. ...
  2. Eating healthily. ...
  3. Don't smoke. ...
  4. Drink less alcohol. ...
  5. Stay mentally and socially active. ...
  6. Take control of your health.

What are 4 examples of memory devices? ›

Some of the memory devices are, Magnetic Memory Devices: Example: Floppy disks, hard drives, zip disks, and magnetic strips. Optical Memory Devices: Examples include CD, blu ray disk, and DVD. Flash Memory Devices: Examples include USB drives, memory cards, memory sticks, and SD cards.

What are the 3 memory technologies? ›

Modern computer architecture incorporate three principal memory technologies dominant in supercomputing: DRAM, SRAM, and magnetic storage media, including hard-disk drives and tapes. A fourth, nonvolatile random access memory (NVRAM), is emerging as a technology sitting between DRAM and mass storage.

What are the 4 memory technologies? ›

Here is a short list of common technologies used to for both volatile and non-volatile memory.
  • SRAM - Static Random Access Memory. ...
  • DRAM - Dynamic Random Access Memory. ...
  • SDRAM - Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory. ...
  • DDR - Double Data Rate. ...
  • PROM - Programmable Read Only Memory. ...
  • EPROM - Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory.

Is there a wearable camera for dementia? ›

OrCam's MyMe wearable camera uses AI to help dementia patients remember faces. Imagine never forgetting a face or mistaking a name again – that's the dream for the founders of the the OrCam MyME wearable camera.

Can you microchip a dementia patient? ›

In 2007, Florida-based company VeriChip, developed an FDA-approved microchip that can be implanted in an Alzheimer's patient's arm, allowing critical medical details to be accessed instantly.

Which biotech company has a drug to treat Alzheimer's? ›

The retail pharmacy giant notched a major partnership with Prothena to identify and recruit patients for the biotech company's Alzheimer's disease drug candidate. Prothena's anti-amyloid beta antibody, called PRX012, is being investigated in a Phase 1 study for the potential treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

What biotech companies treat Alzheimer's? ›

Three therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease steal the headlines at the moment: Eisai and Biogen's lecanemab, Genentech's gantenerumab and Eli Lilly's donanemab.

What biotech company treats Alzheimer's? ›

Biotechnology startup Cerevance Inc. could earn more than $1 billion through a collaboration with drugmaker Merck & Co. to research potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Boston-based Cerevance agreed to use its technology platform to identify new drug targets Merck can use to develop Alzheimer's medications.

What is the new biologic for Alzheimer's? ›

The drug, an antibody called lecanemab, is the first to clearly slow cognitive decline in patients with early-stage disease, fueling excitement in the Alzheimer's field and hope for patients and families.

Why did Pfizer stop Alzheimer's research? ›

Pfizer has announced plans to end its research efforts to discover new drugs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The pharmaceutical giant explained its decision, which will entail roughly 300 layoffs, as a move to better position itself "to bring new therapies to patients who need them."

What companies are working on Alzheimer drugs? ›

Key Points. Biogen, Eli Lilly, and AstraZeneca are all developing potential treatments for this disease. The key for companies will be whether Medicare will pay for Alzheimer's therapies. The therapies look to cut down or prevent the forming of harmful plaque in the brain.

Is there a non invasive treatment for Alzheimer's? ›

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is another non-invasive approach developed to treat multiple neurodegenerative diseases such as AD [152, 153]. TMS relies on electromagnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells wherein the changing electric-induced magnetic field is applied to a target region of the brain [10, 154].

Has there been any breakthroughs in Alzheimer's? ›

In clinical trials, lecanemab showed a modest but tangible decrease in cognitive decline (of 27%) over 18 months in Alzheimer's patients who were early in the disease's progression, compared with patients who were given a placebo.

What is the best non drug treatment for Alzheimer? ›

These non-drug interventions include memory and orientation exercises, art therapy, aromatherapy and music therapy, and contact with animals, as well as caregiver training for family members. It's often difficult to say how beneficial these common interventions are, though. A few of them have been very well studied.

What are two biomedical professionals to help Alzheimer's? ›

The most common specialists consulted for someone with memory or other cognitive symptoms include the following:
  • Geriatrician. ...
  • Neurologist. ...
  • Psychiatrist/Geriatric Psychiatrist. ...
  • Psychologist. ...
  • Neuropsychologist. ...
  • Speech and Language Therapist. ...
  • Occupational Therapist. ...
  • Physical Therapist.
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What is the company working on Alzheimer's vaccine? ›

Alzheimer's Treatments 2023

Aduhelm™ is an amyloid beta-directed antibody injection of 100 mg/mL for intravenous use indicated to treat AD and was approved by the FDA on July 8, 2021. The FDA issued approval to Biogen and Eisai Co., Ltd.

What is Biogen New Alzheimer's treatment? ›

Eisai and Biogen said on Saturday the Japanese drugmaker had applied for full FDA approval of the drug. The drug, to be sold under the brand Leqembi, belongs to a class of treatments that aim to slow the advance of the neurodegenerative disease by removing sticky clumps of the toxic protein beta amyloid from the brain.

What is the small company revolutionizing Alzheimer's disease? ›

1. Annovis Bio. Annovis Bio (ANVS -0.68%) is a small biotech that's working on ANVS401, a drug which it hopes will be able to treat Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome.

What are two drugs that have been approved to treat Alzheimer's disease? ›

Treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease

Three drugs used to treat AD are all in one family, called cholinesterase inhibitors, which boost brain levels of acetylcholine: Galantamine (Razadyne®) Rivastigmine (Exelon®) Donepezil (Aricept®)

What is the new Alzheimer's drug Mayo Clinic? ›

A monoclonal antibody, lecanemab, shows promise in removing amyloid plaques from the brain, according to phase 3 trial results. Amyloid plaques are one of the defining features of Alzheimer's disease, according to Dr. Ronald Petersen, a neurologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.


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