Non-Drug Options for Elderly with Dementia
Dementia and its many types do not have a cure but there are medications available to treat their symptoms—the two main types being cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. However, like all medications, they have side effects.
That is why, as a partner in health to families receiving memory care in Texas at Seasons Alzheimer’s Care and Assisted Living, we are always looking for ways and interventions that would help lessen the burden of the condition on both the patient and their family outside these medications.
Thus, below are non-drug therapies you can explore. These are ideal in reducing the more manageable symptoms of dementia and can complement the dementia care they are receiving.
- Environment modification
By removing clutter and limiting sources of overstimulation, they can have a more peaceful and conducive environment to thrive in. Our Alzheimer’s assisted living in San Antonio, Texas, has been modified to reflect this environment for residents who have progressive diseases.
- Modification of common tasks
By breaking down their daily activities and routines, such as their personal care, into manageable tasks they can do at their own pace, you can help them avoid getting overwhelmed.
- Occupational therapy
By having them undergo occupational therapy, they can learn and re-learn the strategies that would make basic skills, such as walking and cooking, safer and more secure and empower them to become more independent.