Dementia Overview (cont.)
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Although an individual with dementia should always be under medical care, family members handle much of the day-to-day care. Medical care should focus on optimizing the individual's health and quality of life while helping family members cope with the many challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. Medical care depends on the underlying condition, but it most often consists of medications and nondrug treatments such as behavioral therapy.
However, early investigation into the cause of dementia symptoms is urged because, as mentioned in the Dementia Causes section above, there are some conditions that when adequately treated may either limit or reverse dementia (see Dementia Medical Treatment section below).
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