Medication and treatment
While there is no cure for dementia, there are a number of medical and lifestyle treatments available that may improve some of the symptoms or hold back progression of dementia.
There is currently a lot of research being done about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on reducing the risk of dementia and slowing down the progression of dementia. You can keep your brain healthy by:
- Eating a healthy diet (a Mediterranean diet is often recommended)
- Exercising your brain through reading, playing memory games, and doing word puzzles
- Enjoying laughter, living positively, and reducing stress
- Regular exercise – even a 20 to 30 minute walk daily can make a positive difference
- Social involvement with friends, family, and community
- Regular medical checks
- Limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding smoking
Medication can slow down the progression of some forms of dementia. Researchers are continuing to look for drugs which help control symptoms of dementia, and current treatments can include sleeping tablets, cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine, and anti-Parkinson’s disease drugs. You can find out more about these medications from Southern Cross.
It’s important to remember that medications are not suitable for everyone. Types of medication will be discussed with you by your GP or specialist, but for more general information about options available, please click here.
Social activities are a great way to stimulate the brain and meet new people. Our weekly socialisation activities are free of charge and take place city-wide. These events are also open to carers and family members of people with dementia, allowing you to spend time with your loved ones enjoying a new hobby. You can find more information about our socialisation programme here.