Dementia is a serious problem which concerns a lot of people due to the potential catastrophic effects which this condition may have on someone’s entire life. MayoClinic.com describes dementia as not being a specific disease. Dementia instead describes a group of symptoms which affect intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. There are many causes of dementia symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease has been found to be the most common cause of progressive dementia. Due to concerns about side effects from drugs for dementia many people in the Syracuse community have been searching for natural remedies to prevent and treat this problem.
ScienceDaily has reported “MAKS: Drug-Free Prevention of Dementia Decline.” Dementia has many causes and although the rate of its progression varies it is a degenerative disease. The symptoms of dementia include confusion, loss of memory, and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia can have a negative impact on a persons family life, social well being, and on their career. New research which has been published in the journal BMC Medicine has shown that a regime of behavioral and mental exercises was able to stop the progression of dementia.
Nursing home patients with dementia led by Professor Graessel and fellow researchers were included in this study. Half of the patients were included in the year-long MAKS ‘intervention’ consisting of two hours of group therapy, six days a week. The MAKS system “consists of motor stimulation(M), including games such as bowling, croquet, and balancing exercises; cognitive stimulation (K), in the form of individual and group puzzles; and practicing ‘daily living’ activities (A), including preparing snacks, gardening and crafts. A ‘spiritual element’ (S), where the participants discussed topics like ‘happiness’ was used in order to begin the session.
It was found that the result of MAKS therapy on cognitive function was at least as good as treatment with cholinesterase inhibitors. Furthermore, the effect on the patients’ ability to perform daily living tasks was twice as high as achieved by medication. And so MAKS therapy is able to extend the quality of, and participation in, life for people suffering from dementia within a nursing home environment. This is good news for sufferers of dementia and their families who are concerned about the side effects from drug treatment for this condition.
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