Dementia is a progressive, neurological condition that causes memory loss and impaired brain function. While incurable, early stages of dementia can be treated and managed effectively.
At Dignity Health hospitals throughout the Bay Area, neurologists and their support teams extend personal care for many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia.
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Types of Treatment for Dementia
Since dementia often develops gradually, treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms.
Generally, medications and supportive therapies are recommended for dementia. Dignity Health also provides access to support systems for patients and caregivers.
Your doctor may recommend medication for dementia to slow down memory loss and treat related problems such as depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues.
The most common types of dementia medication include:
- Anti-anxiety, antidepressants, and antipsychotic medications to manage behavior and mental health issues
- Cholinesterase inhibitors to help delay cognitive decline and memory loss
- Insomnia medications to help promote better sleeping patterns
- Levodopa, commonly prescribed for Parkinson’s disease
- Memantine to stabilize memory, reasoning, and language
Supportive Therapy for Dementia
In addition to medications, Dignity Health doctors may recommend supportive therapies to aid with physical and mental symptoms of dementia. These include:
You, a loved one, or a family member of someone with dementia may benefit from the support and reassurance of a dedicated caregiver. This person may be a:
- Case manager
- Home health nurse
- Private duty home care provider
- Social worker
As dementia progresses and symptoms get worse, treatment may be given in a long-term care center, such as an assisted living facility or an inpatient dementia care facility.
Treatment Options for Dementia at Dignity Health
Dementia treatment depends on the type and severity of the disease. In the early stages of dementia, therapies often focus on maintaining independence.
Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of each treatment option. Together, you can create a plan that meets your goals. As part of our neurology services, Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area offer quality treatment for dementia.