Is dementia curable?

If the dementia is categorized as reversible (that is, if it is caused by something treatable, such as an infection, adverse medication reaction, thyroid problems, dehydration, or malnutrition), the dementia will go away once the cause has been found and treated.

If the dementia is irreversible (that is, if it is caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, or Pick’s disease), medication may slow down the progression of dementia, but it will not cure it.

Research shows that the best way to manage dementia symptoms is through behavioral intervention and life management changes, which allow the person with dementia to remain as independent as possible. When caring for a person with dementia, there are some specific things you can do to minimize their stress, agitation, and frustration:

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