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Light Therapy And Melatonin For Dementia
I have mild/moderate acne, using blue/red light therapy mask for it, its helping, but insomnia has worsened, does the light block my own melatonin?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: If you have been diagnosed with sad, seasonal affective disorder, then light therapy can be very helpful in alleviating the problem. I don't know the price difference between the lamps truthfully. However, make sure there is an actual diagnosis, and you can discuss the light requirement in the lights you buy, and the intensity. That might guide the price. ...Read more
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