Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Senile Dementia Treatment

There is no cure for senile dementia. The treatment for senile dementia focuses on controlling the symptoms of the disease.

Treatment for senile dementia may include:


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Senile Dementia Drugs

Guidelines for the use of medications in the treatment of senile dementia:

  • Medications are started when symptoms interfere with activities of daily living.
  • Medication benefits must be weighed against risk for side effects.
  • Medications do not work for everyone.
  • Medications may work better in combination.

Medications for the Treatment of Senile Dementia

Senile Dementia Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of senile dementia.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for depression and confusion?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Senile Dementia Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat senile dementia:

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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