Hope for Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease

Drugs not Included in these Treatment Interventions

November 24, 2010 – Despite discouraging news this year on the Alzheimer’s disease front, researchers from Thomas Jefferson University and New York University say there is hope in the form of treatment that does not involve drugs.

 Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, is director of the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health (CARAH) at Thomas Jefferson University and Mary S. Mittelman, DrPH, Director of the Psychosocial Research and Support Program at the Center of Excellence for Brain Aging and Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center co-authored an editorial addressing non-pharmacologic treatment for Alzheimer’s disease published in The Huffington Post.

At their respective universities Dr. Gitlin and Dr. Mittelman have developed interventions that do not include the use of drugs for individuals with dementia.Instead, treatment often includes counseling or occupational therapy for the individuals and their families with the goal to improve the quality of life for everyone in the family. The researchers write, “We can help families stay together longer, and have happier lives.”

Read the editorial here on The Huffington Post website.

Published: 01-18-2011

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