Cognitive intervention and brain stimulation therapies for dementia

Victor Lui, Frank Lai

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Abstract

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
Pages13-15
Number of pages3
Volume24
No.10
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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