- Ginkgo biloba. Many people take ginkgo biloba to improve or preserve memory. But studies have not shown that ginkgo biloba helps improve memory or prevent dementia.5
- Other medicines. Research is ongoing to look at the
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS),
cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), and other
- Reality orientation. People who have dementia may
benefit from a structured group program that encourages them to focus on a
variety of topics and to think creatively within their limits. This type of
program, sometimes called reality orientation or cognitive stimulation therapy,
is offered in some day care and residential settings.6
- Occupational therapy. Studies have shown
occupational therapy can improve the daily functioning of people with
dementia.7 Occupational therapists focus on a person's ability to
perform daily tasks and take part in social activities.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology
June 23, 2011
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