One of the most important aspects of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is understanding the diseases. The difficulty, Kales explains, isn’t the memory loss, per se, but the behaviors that accompany it — everything from anger to petulance to violence to depression.
“We think about dementia as a problem with memory, but it’s really behavioral. If you look at the medications being used, they’re all psychiatric and used to managed behavior: anti-psychotics, antidepressants, and sleep medication. Anxiety medication. We even use mood stabilizers.”
Yet despite the millions of dollars spent on these drugs, she says, study after study has shown that their efficacy in treating dementia is typically quite small.
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