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Treating Dementia - Things You Should Know!

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Dr.Vaibhav Dubey 86% (25ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Bhopal  •  19years experience
Treating Dementia - Things You Should Know!

Diagnosing dementia can be more difficult than you can imagine. Medically, the patient needs to have at least two areas of mental functionality impaired to an extent where it interferes with their everyday life. However, diagnosis is just the beginning as treating dementia can be even more challenging. Here is a look at some of the treatment options available for dementia patients.

Treatment for Dementia
There is often no cure for most forms of dementia. Treatment relies on the management of the condition, to ensure that the progression can be impeded. With proper treatment, patients can live a relatively normal life for a number of years.

  1. Cholinesterase inhibitors- These medications are used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. They are chemical agents that boost the memory and judgment of the patient. The same is also an effective medication for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.
  2. Therapy- Making small changes to some aspects of life of the patient can often yield good results. For instance, clearing the clutter and noise in the house can be an effective way of helping dementia patients deal with their condition. Similarly, creating a safe environment at home with little chance of severe accidents, will ensure the safety of the patient.

Stress in caregivers of dementia patients
Dementia patients need to be cared for, ideally by a close family member such as a spouse. However, these caregivers undergo a lot of stress while providing support to the patient. For instance, Alzheimer’s patients often do not recognize their caregiver who may also be their spouse. Here are some burdens that caregivers have to deal with.

  1. Anger- The sense of fury towards the patient can be strong after years of providing care. They may also be frustrated with the fact that the affected person is unable to perform simple everyday jobs, such as brushing their teeth or tying their shoelaces.
  2. Anxiety- A sense of hopelessness regarding the future is common. It is also the fear of what new challenges the next day might bring.
  3. Depression- Seeing their loved one’s mental state deteriorating with each passing day can be difficult to handle and pushes some caregivers into depression.

With such continuous emotional and physical stress, caregivers often fall sick themselves. This is why it is necessary to maintain a bright outlook and remember that a dementia patient can only get well if they have the full support of the caregiver. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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