This US article reviews non-medical interventions that may be provided to patients with dementia and caregivers by psychiatrists and clinicians with a background in neuroscience. Clinicians can help patients and their carers to understand the diagnosis of dementia (whether the particular cause be Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or vascular dementia etc.) and help to set realistic expectations for the future. Clinicians also have a role in helping carers to modify how they interact with persons with dementia for the benefit of both parties. End of life issues are reviewed.
Howe, E. (2011). Nonmedical treatment of patients with dementia. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, July 2011, Vol.8(7), pp.18-25. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).