Stopping Dementia in its tracks

Written by Nicole Scheidl

December 18, 2011

A German research team recently published their findings showing that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease who participated regularly in cognitive interaction and motor stimulation activities stopped the decline of their dementia. The research team found that the stimulation program was as effective as medication for cognitive function and twice as effective when measuring the ability of individuals to perform daily living tasks.

This study demonstrates that it is a really important aspect of caring for an individual with dementia that the care be personalized to the individual. Activities that interest and engage the individual have a positive impact on their cognitive functioning. Professor Graessel noted that even people in care homes who are experiencing behavioral symptoms, such as aggression and agitation, responded positively to this type of personalized care.

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