Treatment

At the moment there is no curative treatment for dementia. There are some drugs available for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs are not a cure but may temporarily slow down the progression of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in some people.

Pharmacological Intervention

Medication for memory loss
– Donepezil (Aricept)
– Rivastigmine (Exelon)
– Memantine (Ebixa)
– Galantamine (Reminyl)

Medication for behavioral symptoms
– Antidepressant medications
– Antipsychotic medications
– Anti-anxiety drugs

Non-pharmacological Interventions

There are other, non-medical therapies that have shown effectiveness for people with dementia. These types of therapies plus social interventions such as support groups and day programmes will help the person with dementia maintain abilities as long as possible.

– Reality Orientation
– Reminiscence Therapy
– Multisensory Stimulation
– Music Therapy
– Cognitive Training on attention, eye-hand coordination, daily living skills, etc.

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Sources: Alzheimer’s Disease International