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Art and Music Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Other Alzheimer’s Disease Therapies

Other therapies can help enrich the life of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Which therapies work best depends on the needs of  the individual.

  • Massage. This hands-on therapy may help in two ways. It can ease agitation and may improve sleep.
  • Pet therapy. People who used to enjoy being with pets may find contact with them enriching or soothing. Match the pet to the person’s needs. For example, a person who can walk may enjoy visiting with a dog. A person who is less mobile may enjoy petting a cat.
  • Previous hobbies. Pursuing hobbies or interests that used to be familiar can help a person with Alzheimer’s feel more stable about their lives. Consider gardening, cooking, or any other activity that the person used to enjoy. Try to work these activities into the person’s daily routines.

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Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on June 28, 2014

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