What Are the Treatments for Early Stages Dementia?

Q:
What are the treatments for early stages dementia?

A:
In the early stages of dementia, the symptoms will be noticeable and will affect day-to-day life. Like any other conditions, early treatment can be helpful in easing and slowing the symptoms.

The following are some common choices for people with early dementia.

Medications
No medication can cure dementia. But some may help with some of the symptoms for a time. And doctors may prescribe other meds to treat problems brought on by dementia, such as depression, trouble sleeping, or irritability.

Therapies
These approaches might help jog your loved one’s memory and thinking skills, or at least give them pleasure and brighten their day.

  • Reminiscence therapy might include things like talking with your loved one about their hometown, school days, work life, or favorite hobbies.
  • Cognitive stimulation therapy is a structured program for groups of people with mild to moderate dementia.
  • Reality orientation training goes over basic things like the person’s name, and the date and time. They might have signs with that information placed around their home.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Stay active. Whether it’s a fitness class for seniors or other physical activity such as walking, dancing, and gardening, it counts. Eexercise may slow down dementia symptoms such as thinking problems, and ease anxiety or depression.
  • Ensure good sleep. Encourage a calm routine. Help for your loved one to avoid caffeinated tea and coffee, especially in the evening, and to limit daytime naps.
  • Focus on foods. Good eating habits may help slow dementia.
  • Rethink the home. You may remove items that create noise (such as extra TVs or radios) and hide things that can be dangerous, such as knives or car keys.

Counseling and Support

In addition to the remedies above, joining a local or online support group for dementia can also be comforting.

Also, as a family member or friend of the patient, you can seek for professional help from the local organization and doctors.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.