Beneficial .. Hi sheena... and others.. My wife was prescribed Aricept. n my (humble) opinion it held off the progress of the disease for 3-4 years. It was only when she began to refuse to take it, including throwing away the supplies or hiding them, that the decline noticeably began again. I cant fathom out why 'nice'(spelt nasty!), wont allow it at 2.50 per day its just a shade less then the cost of a nursing home per day !!... or maybe I'm just not a mathmatician. Perhaps its cos they make the rele's pay for nursing homes that makes it a good deal for the gov't ?? or have I got my cynical hat on??