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Dementia (cont.)

Other Treatment

  • Ginkgo biloba. Many people take ginkgo biloba to improve or preserve memory. But studies have not shown that ginkgo biloba helps improve memory or prevent dementia.5
  • Other medicines. Research is ongoing to look at the usefulness of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), and other antioxidants.
  • Reality orientation. People who have dementia may benefit from a structured group program that encourages them to focus on a variety of topics and to think creatively within their limits. This type of program, sometimes called reality orientation or cognitive stimulation therapy, is offered in some day care and residential settings.6
  • Occupational therapy. Studies have shown occupational therapy can improve the daily functioning of people with dementia.7Occupational therapists focus on a person's ability to perform daily tasks and take part in social activities.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NIH Neurological Institute
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Phone: 1-800-352-9424
Phone: (301) 496-5751
TDD: (301) 468-5981
Web Address: www.ninds.nih.gov

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, is the leading U.S. federal government agency supporting research on brain and nervous system disorders. It provides the public with educational materials and information about these disorders.


Alzheimer's Association
225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60601-7633
Phone: 1-800-272-3900
Fax: 1-866-699-1246 toll-free
TDD: 1-866-403-3073 toll-free
Email: info@alz.org
Web Address: www.alz.org

The Alzheimer's Association is a national organization that provides educational materials, support groups, and community services for people dealing with Alzheimer's disease. It has more than 200 local chapters throughout the United States. The organization publishes a newsletter as well as a wide range of brochures and videos. The Web site includes a lot of useful information for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, as well as for their caregivers.


American Geriatrics Society: The AGS Foundation for Health and Aging
The Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue
Suite 801
New York, NY 10118
Phone: (212) 755-6810
Fax: (212) 832-8646
Email: info@americangeriatrics.org
Web Address: www.healthinaging.org

The AGS Foundation for Health and Aging was started by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). The foundation works on behalf of older adults in the areas of wellness and preventive care, self-responsibility and independence, and connections to family and community.

This Web site has stories about healthy aging, information on caring for elders at home, and tips on winter safety, preparing for emergencies, and overcoming the challenges to healthy aging. The site also has links to many other Internet resources on aging.


Family Caregiver Alliance
180 Montgomery Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 1-800-445-8106
(415) 434-3388
Email: info@caregiver.org
Web Address: www.caregiver.org

This organization supports and assists people who are providing long-term care at home. It also provides education, research, services, and advocacy.


National Institute on Aging
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-1752
1-800-222-2225, Information Center
Fax: (301) 496-1072
TDD: 1-800-222-4225 (TTY)
Web Address: www.nih.gov/nia

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the centers of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The NIA funds research and provides information about health and research advances to the public and interested groups.


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