Understanding your loved one’s Alzheimer’s.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is a heavy lift. And when agitation is a factor, it’s all the more difficult. Dealing with the erratic, aggressive behavior on top of the heartbreaking memory loss can become exhausting. But as a caregiver, you are far from alone. More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.1 And over a five-year study, agitation and aggression were seen in approximately 45% of Alzheimer’s disease patients.2

While it is unlikely that any one intervention will be found to delay, prevent, or cure the disease, treating behavioral symptoms often makes people with Alzheimer’s more comfortable and can make caring for them easier for loved ones. Not treating these symptoms may make things worse. In fact, untreated agitation is associated with accelerated cognitive decline, earlier nursing home placement, and increased mortality.3

Right now, research is underway to determine the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication for people with Alzheimer’s disease who are experiencing agitation symptoms. And your loved one may be able to take part.

See if your loved one may qualify

About the ADVANCE Study.

  1. Alzheimer’s Association. 2017 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Alzheimer’s Association website. alz.org/facts/.
  2. Steinberg M, Shao H, Zandi P, et al. Point and 5-year period prevalence of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2008;23(2):170–177.
  3. Antonsdottir IM, Smith J, Keltz M, Porsteinsson AP. Advancements in the treatment of agitation in Alzheimer’s disease. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2015;16(11):1649–1656. Rabins PV, Schwartz S, Black BS, et al. Predictors of progression to severe Alzheimer’s disease in an incidence sample. Alzheimers Dement. 2013;9(2):204–207.