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Drugs to specifically slow down the progression of dementia diseases  are now available.

Much of the current research is showing some very promising results in finally finding a way to stop many of the dementia's.
However currently none of these treatments are available for use except in research test groups.

Although the available drugs currently do not halt the disease or reverse existing brain damage, they may improve symptoms and may slow the progression of the disease.  Many of  these drugs may improve an individual’s quality of  life, ease the burden on caregivers, or possibly delay admission to a nursing home.

Many people with dementia, particularly those in the early stages, may benefit from practicing tasks designed to improve performance in specific aspects of cognitive functioning.

For example, people can sometimes be taught to use memory aids, such as mnemonics, computerized recall devices, or note taking.

There is hope on the horizon in finally finding and end to these devastating diseases. Study in using viruses for a cure, as well as many drugs, are showing very promising results towards a possible cure.
But for those who have dementia when the the cure does finally come, will not return the functions one once had. Once the damage has been done to the brain currently that damage is irreversible.