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Dementia treatments - video transcript

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Living with dementia can be difficult but there are ways you can treat and manage it. Learn more from an expert about the treatment options for dementia. This can include physical exercise or medication and how they can help slow it’s progression or manage it symptoms.

Video transcript

Carol

It was a shock to both of us.

Sally

Mm-hmm.

Carol

And now, the deterioration just seems inevitable. So are there any treatments for dementia?

Professor Susan Kurrle

We know that physical exercise slows the progression of particularly Alzheimer's disease. And that's walking, brisk walking, or perhaps swimming, or even cycling, dancing for about 30 minutes 5 times a week. Physical exercise is very important.

In terms of other medications, we know that there are symptomatic treatments for Alzheimer's disease, and your general practitioner or specialist will tell you about these.

These medications do not affect the progress of the disease, but in a number of people, they will help the symptoms. There are no treatments that can cure dementia at this present time.

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Last reviewed: October 2018

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