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Video: dementia treatments and research

Living with dementia can be difficult, but there are ways you can treat and manage it. Watch the videos below and learn how the treatment options for dementia can slow its progression and help to manage symptoms.

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Where to go for help

Visit the Dementia Australia website to find out more about dementia and for information on services and programs in your area. Alternatively, you can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

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Last reviewed: October 2018

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Dementia Australia | Dementia treatments and cure

Researchers around the world are working to develop effective treatments for dementia, and eventually to find a cure. Much of this work is focussed on Alzheimers disease, the most common form of dementia. There is currently no cure for Alzheimers disease. Available medications can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life in some people, but they do not stop the progress

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Dementia Australia | Drug treatments & dementia

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses that cause a progressive decline in a persons functioning. It is a broad term to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and what would be considered normal emotional reactions. Dementia causes significant impairment in a persons day to day functioning.

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Dementia Australia | How is dementia treated?

Information about some of the drug treatments currently used in the treatment of dementia. Drug treatments and dementia This page discusses broadly some of the drug treatments currently being used in the treatment of dementia. This includes new drugs which may have a temporary effect in improving mental functioning and drugs used to treat accompanying symptoms such as

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Dementia Australia | Use of other therapeutic treatments

In addition to the various drugs approved for use in treating Alzheimer’s disease, there is considerable interest in the use of other treatment therapies.

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Dementia Australia | DMCC Activities

Come & join us for some social, recreational or therapeutic sessions. These sessions are held every Friday of each month. The Social Group and therapy activities (eg Tai Chi, scrapbooking and Wii Connect) are for people with early stage dementia and their carers. Memory Matters and Health & Wellbeing are offered to members of the general public. For more information, please

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Alzheimers disease

Alzheimers disease is a form of dementia.

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Dementia Australia | Therapies and communication approaches

Communicating effectively with a person who has dementia becomes an increasing challenge as the person progressively loses their memory and their ability to organise and express their thoughts. For many, the loss of recent memory means that the past begins to merge with the present resulting in additional difficulties for family and carers.

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Dementia Australia | Your decision-maker: persons identified in state and territory legislation

The terms used for your decision-maker varies across Australian states and territories Common terms include: Person Responsible Statutory Health Authority Treatment Hierarchy. These definitions will typically involve categories of people (e.g. guardian, spouse, informal carer or parent) that a doctor must approach to get consent for any proposed treatment if you cannot

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Living with dementia: making treatment decisions - NPS MedicineWise

People living with dementia have the right to make decisions about their care & treatment. Find out more about advance care planning for dementia.

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Some of the risk factors associated with dementia can be managed through lifestyle changes or appropriate medical treatments.

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