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Emerging treatments for dementia that are non-invasive and non-pharmacological.
Dementia is one of the biggest caveats of aging. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a specific disease; rather, it is a term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills to an extend where it hinders performance in daily life.
Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases, followed by vascular dementia, the type that occurs after a stroke. It is a condition caused by damage to brain cells, often developing progressively over time, and is associated with impairment of core mental functions including memory, communication, focus, reasoning, judgement, and visual perception.
Despite ongoing research, the number of people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia continues to rise. By 2025, it is expected that more than one million people will be living with the condition in the UK alone.
So why and how does it occur? There is still public ambivalence around this relatively common condition. Historically, dementia has incorrectly been referred to in terms of senility. Awareness campaigns often zoom in on the negative effects, leaving little room for alternative ideas and therapies.
As this collection of papers show, science is uncovering new treatments for progressed dementia that are non-invasive and non-pharmacological – which explore different ways in which creativity and the arts can offer effective alternatives for dementia care over antipsychotic medications.