While many active living seniors maintain ideal mental health throughout their lives, Alzheimer's disease remains a serious epidemic. Now there may be some hopeful news for individuals suffering from this ailment.
According to an article in AARP Bulletin Today, non-drug therapies have been proven to be the best form of treatment for seniors in need of Alzheimer's care.
The regimen is being embraced for its accessibility and low cost.
This non-medical approach involves two kinds of treatment - "cognitive stimulation" and "reminiscence therapy." The first method involves patients meeting in groups with other active living seniors and partaking in word games or hobbies. The second plan asks those suffering from Alzheimer's to use photos and videos to evoke old memories.
"Participants also reported improved quality of life. Behavioral approaches have been shown to be effective in a number of domains including improved mood," Robert Woods, a professor at Bangor University in Wales, told the new source.
According to the bulletin, 5.3 million people in the United States are currently suffering from Alzheimer's. Active living seniors with this disease should feel confident that there are many different therapies which could help them lead a normal life.