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Dementia - Other Treatment

  • 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 usefulness of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), and other antioxidants.
  • 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.7Occupational therapists focus on a person's ability to perform daily tasks and take part in social activities.
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Last Updated: August 11, 2011
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