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In general, what can you do to help a loved one with dementia?

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When someone you love gets diagnosed with dementia, you want to do everything possible to help them.

It’s a lot to take in. But there are steps that can help.

These include working with their doctor to treat their dementia symptoms and any other conditions they may have. There are also other kinds of therapies that may help with their daily life. And everyday habits also matter, such as exercise, good nutrition, staying social, doing things that challenge their mind, and getting good sleep.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Management & Patient Care,” “Treatments for Behavior.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Non-Drug Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society UK: “Staying Healthy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Counseling & Alzheimer’s Disease.”

MODEM: “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.”

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology : “The Effect of Reminiscence Therapy on Cognition, Depression, and Activities of Daily Living for Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “What Are the Components to the MIND Diet?”

UpToDate: “Prevention of Dementia.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Management & Patient Care,” “Treatments for Behavior.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Non-Drug Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society UK: “Staying Healthy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Counseling & Alzheimer’s Disease.”

MODEM: “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.”

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology : “The Effect of Reminiscence Therapy on Cognition, Depression, and Activities of Daily Living for Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “What Are the Components to the MIND Diet?”

UpToDate: “Prevention of Dementia.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 15, 2018

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