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Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about geriatric health.

There is no cure for dementia, but are there ways to treat it or slow the progression

Whether or not dementia can be treated depends on the type of dementia and how it was caused, according to the Alzheimer’s Association (AA).

For people affected by Alzheimer’s, there is no cure and no treatment that slows or stops its progression. There are some medications that can help temporarily improve the symptoms.

Studies show that getting regular exercise and keeping strong social connections might be effective ways of decreasing the risk of getting dementia, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Treating Dementia

Some ways to treat or slow the progression of dementia early on, according to the Mayo Clinic, are as follows:

  • Modify the environment – Minimize clutter and distracting noise to help the person with dementia focus, thus reducing confusion and frustration.
  • Modify caregiver responses – Try to avoid correcting and quizzing a person with dementia. Instead, reassure the person.
  • Modify tasks – Break down tasks to easier steps to put focus on small successes. Having a structured daily routine can help reduce confusion for the person with dementia.

Talk to your doctor for more information about ways to treat or slow the progression of dementia.

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Source: Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Archie Enoch, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Anoopa Hodges, MD, Oakwood Primary Care; Berry McCorkle, MD, Premier Infectious Disease; Elaine Scott, CNP, Brookville Family Care; Pamela Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care