All types of dementia are progressive, incurable diseases. Treatment focuses on medications to reduce dementia symptoms, such as memory loss, and address related conditions.
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Our specialists — all experts in their field — take a team approach to delivering compassionate and personalized care to our patients. Your care team will include social workers, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners as well as neurologists and geriatricians.
If you or your loved one requires neurorehabilitation, we provide acute inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and home health services. For more intensive care, our Huger Mercy Living Center at Barrow Neurological Institute uses a social, activity-based model in a homelike setting with around-the-clock care.
Treatment for Dementia at Dignity Health
To help control symptoms of dementia, your doctor may recommend:
Sometimes medication can temporarily slow memory loss. Your doctor may also use medication to treat related conditions, including depression, anxiety, or behavioral issues.
Some common types of medications used to treat dementia include:
- Memantine can help stabilize memory, language, and reasoning.
- Cholinesterase inhibitors increase levels of a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that helps nerve cells communicate. This temporarily helps delay cognitive decline and memory loss.
- Antipsychotic, antidepressant, and antianxiety medications address behavior and mental health issues.
- Insomnia medications help with sleep problems, which are common in people with dementia.
- Levodopa is commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease. It may be helpful for people who have Lewy body dementia with tremor.
Supportive Therapies for Dementia
Some people with dementia and their families benefit from:
- Speech therapy to improve the ability to communicate and speak clearly
- Physical therapy to maintain muscle tone and balance
- Group or individual talk therapy for the person with dementia or the entire family
- Occupational therapy to improve the ability to perform activities of daily living
- Support groups for people with dementia and their caregivers
Certain activities may delay the onset of dementia or reduce your chance of developing it, including:
- Exercising regularly
- Controlling high blood pressure, which increases your risk of stroke and can lead to vascular dementia
- Eating a heart-healthy diet
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Protecting your head from injury, including concussion
- Participating in social activities
- Stimulating your brain with activities, such as taking up a new hobby or puzzle-solving
Just as keeping your heart healthy helps you avoid a heart attack, keeping your brain healthy may help you avoid dementia later in life. By engaging in a brain-healthy lifestyle, you increase your chances of staying sharp throughout your senior years.
Dignity Health provides a range of options for dementia treatment in Arizona.