Living with Dementia

What your diagnosis means for you: this booklet looks at what dementia means, how it may
progress, how many people feel and how to cope.


There are no drug treatments available that can provide a cure for dementia. Some medicines have been developed that can improve symptoms, or temporarily slow down their progression, in some people, they are not suitable for everyone, mainly those with Alzheimer’s disease. If you would like to know more about the drug treatments which may be available click here.

People with dementia may develop behavioural and psychological symptoms including restlessness, aggression, delusions, hallucinations, apathy and sleep disturbances. If non-drug treatments have not worked to treat these symptoms, different types of drugs can be used, these are called antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are a last resort and are not suitable for everyone, more information can be found on the Alzheimer’s Society website.