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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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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 Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Available medications can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life in some people, but they do not stop the progress of the disease.

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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. This page provides a brief summary of information about some of these. Because of the possibility of side effects and drug interactions, people are strongly advised to consult with their doctor if considering using any of these therapies. 

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Researchers are currently investigating a number of aspects of dementia. Research into the causes of dementia There is still much to learn about the possible causes of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease - the most common form of dementia. 

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Research into quality dementia care and the best ways of supporting carers provides important insights into improving quality of life of people with dementia, their families and carers. Research into improving quality of life for people with dementia While there is currently no cure for dementia, research has shown that there is much scope to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia through management of symptoms and providing a supportive environment. Person centred care is considered important.

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There is no sure way to prevent dementia. However, research has identified several risk factors associated with dementia. While there are some risk factors you can’t control, such as genetics or age, many risk factors can be managed through lifestyle changes or appropriate medical treatments. For more information about the risk factors for dementia, visit our risk reduction page.

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