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Doctor insights on: Light Therapy And Melatonin For Dementia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more


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Is melatonin safe for dementia patients? No bad effects for dementia patients?

Is melatonin safe for dementia patients? No bad effects for dementia patients?

Yes: Latest published studies showed that alzheimer's patients lack melatomin related metabolism in the body resulting sundowning effect. With the introduction of taking melatonin at bedtime reduces the severity of sundowning and sleeping related behavioral issues but does not completely resolve... ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe for dementia patients with afib?

Is melatonin safe for dementia patients with afib?

Prob: The question is whether we can figure out what is the cause of insomnia in a person with dementia---at times it can be caused by sleep architecture breakdown from the illness itself; at times from poor sleep hygiene; at times from meds or alcohol; at times from a sleep disorder such as apnea; can be from depression;; so important to first try to get to the cause... ...Read more

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Are there alternative therapies for dementia with Lewy bodies?

Are there alternative therapies for dementia with Lewy bodies?

Not easily managable: It has to be treated pharmacologically. Without it, this individual may be danger to self. The treatment has to be individualize to prevent further symptoms and progression of disease. There are no good data that alternative therapies like vitamins and herbal that have shown to be effective. The only thing i could think of would be enviromental modification and maintain socialization + stimulation. ...Read more

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Benefit from an art therapy group for people with dementia/alzheimers?

Yes : An art therapy group can provide opportunity for socialization and expression of thoughts and feelings. In addition, art work is also a very good way for me as a clinician to monitor my client's level of functioning in planning and organizing information. I get very positive results in my practice using sand tray with my elderly clients as well. ...Read more

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What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

Support groups: A support group for caregivers of dementia patients or alzheimer's patients can be very helpful. There you can find out from others what their troubles have been and what they have tried. The alzheimer's association or the alzheimer's foundation of america have good online websites with information that often applies to all types of dementia including multiinfarct or vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient  physical therapy  if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read more

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Does sad light therapy help ?

Does sad light therapy help ?

DEFINITELY: Light therapy is very effective for seasonal mood disorder. Make sure that it is strong enough at 10, 000 lux. ...Read more

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Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Yes, but ...: While in recent years the blue light wavelengths were thought to be most effective, recent research shows that they may also speed the development of macular degeneration, a potentially eyesight-threatening disease. Do your research and ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Light Therapy (Definition)

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