A study that comes from Germany has found that non-pharmacological therapies focused on exercise, rehabilitation, and psycho-social well-being can slow cognitive declines associated with dementia. The therapies were provided in four components or MAKS: Motor Stimulation (a.k.a. exercise), Activities of Daily Living, Cognitive Stimulation (Kognitiv in German), and Spiritual Needs. The study’s authors found that the MAKS system warded off cognitive declines without drug interventions.
Non-pharmacological treatments focused on the holistic needs of people with dementia not only improve behavioral health but can actually prevent or slow the normal course of cognitive decline. Yet another reason to have a least medicating approach to dementia care!