There are high levels of public interest in the various complementary and alternative therapies available today. Many people with dementia, and those who care for them, are interested in using these therapies as alternatives or additions to their conventional treatments, often due to the perceived benefits that they may bring and the image of being ‘safe’ and ‘natural’.
Complimentary Therapies and Dementia
There is little high-quality research into the treatment of dementia with complementary and alternative therapy. However, research on a number of therapies is providing some interesting preliminary results. Only you can decide whether you should try complementary and alternative therapy, but by following the information in the Alzheimer Society factsheet on Complimentary and Alternative Therapies in Dementia you can make an informed decision.
The symptoms of dementia are numerous and change over time, but most types of dementia have some symptoms in common. If you are thinking about which complementary or alternative therapy may be most suitable, it is important to consider which specific symptoms you want to treat. The aims of treatment range from improving memory to providing relaxation.