Lesson Outline

There are two major types of treatments for dementia at this time – symptom management and disease modification.

Symptom management is used to try to improve people’s symptoms by helping the brain to function better. Treatments are available to address cognitive or thinking problems, changes in personality and behaviour and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Disease modification tries to change the problem that is causing the disease such as toxic proteins or blood vessel damage.

Life style choices are important for overall brain health. Eating properly, exercising, keeping the mind active, maintaining social interactions, and promoting blood vessel health are all important for people with dementia.

Learn the answers to the following questions:

What is the difference between managing the symptoms of dementia and modifying the disease itself?

What prescription drugs and other therapies are available?