Innovative Alzheimer’s Therapies

August 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

As researchers hope to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, many creative-and effective Alzheimer’s therapies are starting to get some recognition. While it still remains an incurable disease, these easy-to-do therapies can lessen symptoms, increase function, and improve quality of life.

  1. iPad- Providing customized iPads (lightweight, touchscreen, notepad computers) to residents has become a popular strategy for many eldercare facilities. The devices include puzzles, games that promote a sense of mastery, and medication reminders.
  2. Light therapy- A study provided by Journal of the American Medical Association found that bright lighting improves mood and cognition in older people with memory disorders.
  3. Art therapy- In the 21st century art therapy has become increasingly utilized for Alzheimer’s care. Many art museums are following the Museum of Modern Art in New York and creating after-hours programs giving people with Alzheimer’s the chance to view and create art.
  4. Favorite food therapy- A “comfort centered approach” makes for happier and more peaceful aging loved ones. From chocolates to a small bedtime drink- indulging in food favorites has shown positive health benefits.
  5. Storytelling- A new dementia therapy program called TimeSlips involves showing a photo to a therapy group and asking members to make up a story based on the image. This is a great way for people with memory diseases to share their imaginations and be creative.

No known therapies can permanently reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, but encouraging these remedies for your aging loved ones is certainly a step in the right direction!

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