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Nonpharmacological Management of Dementia: A Review

Pragya Lodha

Keywords : Home-based management, Nonpharmacological management, Occupational therapy, Psychotherapy,Dementia

Citation Information : Lodha P. Nonpharmacological Management of Dementia: A Review. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2019; 13 (2):62-70.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0038

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-12-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Dementia is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder that needs medical and nonpharmacological approaches for its long-term management. This review aims at providing an overview of the various nonpharmacological strategies employed in the long-term management of dementia. The paper looks at various treatment approaches like occupational therapy, methods to improve daily living, alternative medicine approaches, and various innovative approaches like animal-assisted and pet therapy. The paper also outlines various forms of psychotherapy and cognitive enhancement methods that may be used for patients and their caregivers alike. Certain general guidelines for the nonpharmacological management of dementia at home are suggested, which shall enhance the quality of life of patients with dementia.


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