Cognitive intervention and brain stimulation therapies for dementia

Victor Lui, Frank Lai

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The number of people with dementia is escalating globally. About 47 million people were living with dementia in 2015 worldwide.1 Dementia is a chronic disease and patients need to live with cognitive impairment for a substantial period of time, which in turn causes a lot of distress and difficulties to patients, their families and society. However, the effectiveness of anti-dementia drugs, namely cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine, in preventing cognitive decline is limited. Some patients may not tolerate the side effects of anti-dementia drugs. Non-pharmacological approaches, such as cognitive intervention and brain stimulation methods, are used. This article would present an overview of these approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publication Hong Kong Medical Diary
PublisherThe Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


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