The use of pharmacological interventions for dementia excludes at least 50% of everyone diagnosed with dementia, and until very recently, researchers, service providers and the medical community have offered NOTHING to those of us where medication is not available. Thankfully, the tide is turning.
On Sunday night Christine Bryden featured in a story about dementia on Channel 7, A Dementia Breakthrough, discussing her success at fighting – and currently beating – the symptoms of dementia, which was not only highlighted but at long last, believed and applauded. She presents well still, even although I know she is paddling much harder.
This has given me the courage to re-present the non pharmacological and positive psychosocial interventions I employ almost daily to delay the progression of the symptoms of dementia, and over the next few days or weeks, I will elaborate on them more where possible. They fill up a lot of my days, and I consider them the ‘Olympics training of my life’. So far, it seems to be working.
Non pharmacological and Positive Psychosocial Interventions for dementia:
- Advocacy and activism
- Neuroplasticity brain and body training
- Exercise 6 days/week – walking, Pilates and stretching
- Authentic Brain Injury Rehabilitation
- Speech Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Creative writing
- Healthy nutrition – especially avoiding processed sugar
- Music therapy
- Mind Mapping
- Laughter and humour
- Transcendental Meditation, 20 minutes 3 times a day
- Self Hypnosis for pain relief to reduce any negative cognitive effects of medication
- Family time
- Nurturing friendships