Non-drug Alzheimer's therapies 'just as effective'

Non-drug Alzheimer's therapies 'just as effective'

Non-pharmacological therapies are as effective as drugs in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

The worldwide study, published in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, found that scientifically developed and tested non-pharmacological therapies can really help those with dementia.

Approaches such as cognitive stimulation and physical exercise are known to improve brain function and behaviour of those with dementia.

Individualised intervention packages for caregivers are also a strong method shown to improve the well being of both patients and carers.

Professor Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said that this showed that non-drug therapies should be readily available.

He said: "This work shows the difference that can be made to the lives of people with dementia and their carers using therapies that can be readily adapted to individual needs.

"The Alzheimer's Society calls for these therapies to be made more widely available, so many more can benefit."

This comes after research at the University of Pittsburgh found that walking can not only help to treat Alzheimer's disease, but could also prevent it.

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