Treating Cognitive Disorders
Several therapies and medications are available to alleviate symptoms of cognitive disorders and make life more manageable. At Kettering Health
Network, our cognitive neurology specialists work with therapists at the NeuroRehab and Balance Center
to provide you
with the results you need to be able to cope with your diagnosis.
Our care for you involves:
- Access to the most advanced medications for treatment
- Highly-skilled rehabilitative care with speech, occupational, and physical therapists
- Collaboration with the patient's primary care physician
- Continued assessment by our cognitive neurologist
- Assistance with social work and resources for caregivers
- Connections to support groups
Treatment approaches depend on the cause and progression or stage of the disease. And while there is no cure or treatment that will reverse the condition, there are some medications that could slow the progression. It is important to talk with your specialist about the types of medications that might be relevant for your condition.
Rehabilitation therapies can also be used to cope with some symptoms of dementia. These therapies include:
- Cognitive Therapy
NeuroRehab therapists can assist in regaining lost cognitive skills and help your loved one be as functional as possible for as long as possible.
Occupational therapists are experts at addressing the effects of cognitive deficits on daily life. Their work usually begins with addressing basic activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and grooming, and may progress to more difficult tasks such as preparing meals, doing laundry, driving, or returning to work. Cognitive retraining focuses on all the thought processes involved in completing each task-attention, problem-solving, functional memory, and much more.
Speech language pathologists primarily focus on cognitive-communication deficits. Treatment may center on executive thinking functions such as planning, problem-solving, and memory as well as the ability to communicate needs.
Physical therapists focus their treatments around balance, strength, and mobility to assist in fall prevention. Learn more about our NeuroRehab program here.
- Environmental Modification
Occupational therapists can assist in preparing the environment for someone with dementia to be able to better focus and function. This can include removing clutter or reducing noise, and hiding items that can threaten safety such as car keys or knives will limit emergency situations. There are also systems that can be installed to prevent harmful outcomes by alerting caregivers of wandering or getting out of bed.
Modifying Daily Routine
Occupational therapists and speech language pathologists assist in simplifying the patient's schedule and daily tasks. Breaking a routine into small steps and adding structure to the day can reduce confusion in people suffering from dementia.
Help and Support for Caregivers
The team at Kettering Health Network knows the importance of supporting caregivers throughout the process of dementia. We have compiled a resource list of website links and apps that can help you cope.
The Alzheimer's Association®
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center found at Alz.org/care
provides reliable information and access to resources, including:
- Alzheimer's Navigator: Assess your needs and create customized action plans.
- Community Resource Finder: Find local resources.
- ALZConnected: Connect with other caregivers in similar situations.
Choose Kettering for Cognitive Care
Our team of cognitive neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, NeuroRehab and Balance Center
therapists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and research coordinators will be with you every step of the way as you navigate cognitive decline of a loved one. Our specialists create a personalized treatment plan for you and your family.
In addition, we can help improve a family's quality of life through assistance with troublesome behaviors often associated with memory disorders.
We know that if you or a loved one is suffering from a cognitive disorder, your goal is to keep life as normal as possible. We're here with a team of skilled professionals and compassionate, ongoing care to help you do just that.
Schedule an appointment today for an assessment with one of our cognitive disorder specialists.