Dementia is a progressive, incurable neurological disease. Dementia treatment focuses on medications to lessen symptoms of memory loss and address related conditions. Support for those with dementia and their caregivers is key to a treatment plan.
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Doctors often prescribe medication for dementia in order to slow the progression of memory loss and to treat related conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or behavioral issues.
The most common dementia medications are:
- Antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and antipsychotic medications address mental health and behavior issues.
- Insomnia medications help with sleep problems, which are common in people with dementia.
- Cholinesterase inhibitors make the body produce more brain chemicals that help nerve cells communicate. This helps delay memory loss and cognitive decline temporarily.
- Memantine helps stabilize memory, reasoning, and language.
- Levodopa is a common medication for Parkinson’s disease and may be helpful for someone with Lewy body dementia and tremor or other movement problems.
Supportive Therapy for Dementia
Certain therapies are often helpful to patients and their families:
- Speech therapy to help with speaking clearly and communicating
- Occupational therapy to improve mobility and the ability to perform activities of daily living
- Physical therapy to maintain balance and muscle tone
- Support groups for people with dementia and their caregivers
- Individual or group psychotherapy (talk therapy) for the person with dementia or the entire family
Support for Caregivers
Some families may be able to support a loved one with dementia without any assistance, but many loved ones and caregivers value the support of professional caregivers. This assistance may come from:
- Social workers
- Case managers
- Home health nurses or aides
- Private duty home care providers
- Inpatient dementia care facilities
- Assisted living facilities
Considering Dementia Treatment at Dignity Health Southern California
Treatment usually depends on the the type and severity of the disease. Early stage dementia may not require any help, but as the disease progresses, treatment may include assistance to maintain independence and eventually, full-time health care. Together with your doctor, you can talk about the goals and benefits of treatment for dementia. Dignity Health doctors provide comprehensive dementia treatment in Southern California.