Dementia and drug-free solutions

What are our options if faced with a diagnosis of dementia? Might therapies without drugs prove helpful?  A scientific research project and an individual’s spiritual journey point to that possibility in Do Drug-Free Options Offer Fresh Hope? – my most recent Huffington Post UK blog.

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A “drug-free therapy” helps slow the expected decline of people diagnosed with dementia, a study has found.

The therapy enabled sufferers to maintain “cognitive function” and the ability to carry out normal activities like gardening and preparing a meal, according to researchers from the German University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Those not receiving the therapy deteriorated in both respects.

While urging further investment “to find treatments that could stop the condition”, Dr Marie Janson, of Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “It’s believed that cognitive stimulation can be an effective method of helping people cope with the symptoms of mild to moderate dementia, and this research is a useful reminder that there are non-drug treatments for the condition.”

It is always heartening to hear of anything that can help alleviate the experience of those facing such a harrowing diagnosis and prognosis.

But every “reminder that there are non-drug treatments” for any condition is also “useful” as a thought-provoking signal of the need to keep health care options open in an age when concerned scientists are increasingly noting the downside of the drugs industry…

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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