There is no cure for dementia yet. However, with the right care and support, it is possible for someone to live as well as possible for as long as possible.
Alzheimer's Society has funded dementia research for over 30 years and has played a key role in some of the biggest breakthroughs.
However, research can only go so far without your help. We need thousands of people with and without dementia to take part in research. This could be taking part in a drug trial or simply giving a blood sample, completing a questionnaire or having a brain scan.
No current medications stop, slow down or reverse dementia, although some can temporarily help a person with their memory and thinking.
It’s not possible to know in advance if a person’s symptoms will improve with treatment, as everyone responds differently.
When a medication does help someone, symptoms tend to improve after a few weeks. This then usually lasts for between six and 12 months. At some point, the symptoms will gradually start to get worse again, even when the person is still taking the medication.
It is common for people with dementia to develop changes in behaviour, such as agitation or aggression. Researchers have tried to see if dementia medications can help with these changes. Unfortunately, it’s currently unclear if they do.
However, in most cases, with the right person-centred care and support, these changes will pass. Approaches that do not involve medications should always be tried first.