- Ginkgo biloba. Many people take ginkgo biloba to improve or preserve memory. But studies have not shown that ginkgo biloba helps improve memory or prevent dementia.Reference 5
- Other medicines. Research is ongoing to look at the usefulness of Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) Opens New Window, cholesterol-lowering drugs (Reference statins Opens New Window), and other Reference antioxidants Opens New Window.
- Reality orientation. People who have dementia may benefit from a structured group program that encourages them to focus on a variety of topics and to think creatively within their limits. This type of program, sometimes called reality orientation or cognitive stimulation therapy, is offered in some day care and residential settings.Reference 6
- Occupational therapy. Studies have shown occupational therapy can improve the daily functioning of people with dementia.Reference 7 Reference Occupational therapists Opens New Window focus on a person's ability to perform daily tasks and take part in social activities.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 11, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology