Dementia and Alzheimers – not all is lost.

Introduction

Dementia and Alzheimers disease belong to the most challenging problems of modern healthcare and can appear as a real disaster to the affected families.

While pharmacological approach develops other, easier solutions begin to emerge. Cognitive tasks (games) were at first used in assessing the cognitive decline, recently thanks to the development of technology wider scope of applicability became available.

Here, at Train of Thought, we’re interested in implementing solutions for both, scientists and the patients looking for help. To achieve that we analyze medical literature, take notes and build fantastic software.

Here we sum up the important studies important behind Dementia.

Cognitive stimulation

A recent meta-analysis1 looked at 15 trials involving cognitive stimulation with a total of over 700 participants. What did it found?

Their findings suggested that cognitive stimulation has a beneficial effect on the memory and thinking test scores of people with dementia.

Although based on a smaller number of studies, there was evidence that the people with dementia who took part reported improved quality of life. They were reported to communicate and interact better than previously.

How often the patients would need to practice?

…this is carried out by trained staff with a small group of four or five people with dementia for around 45 minutes at least twice a week

Food/drink choices

There are definitely some foods that can help improving, one study2 has shown that combined extract of Cyperus rotundus (coco-grass or Java grass) and Zingiber officinale (ginger) can enhance memory, increase neuronal density, decrease AChE activity and oxidative stress.

1.
Woods B, Spector AE, Prendergast L, Orrell M. Cognitive stimulation to improve cognitive functioning in people with dementia. Woods B, ed. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. October 2005. doi: 10.1002/14651858.cd005562
2.
Sutalangka C, Wattanathorn J. Neuroprotective and cognitive-enhancing effects of the combined extract of Cyperus rotundus and Zingiber officinale        . BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017;17(1). doi: 10.1186/s12906-017-1632-4

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