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How do you help depression in people with dementia?

By | October 21st, 2020

The treatment is largely the same as far as experimenting until you find the right antidepressant, that’s important. There are some antidepressants that people would want to stay away from because of the anticholinergic effect of the medication which could interfere with their dementia medications, so that’s definitely something to talk to the doctor about and often the pharmacist too. The pharmacist will be way ahead of the curve on what would be a better class to try. Then, again, those other things that we’ve talked about: getting better sleep at night and exercise, so that’s naturally going to make you feel better. Having a sense of self-worth, feeling that you are an important part of the family you live in, of the community that you live in, being engaged in things that you find interesting, all of those things contribute to positive mental health, as well as good nutrition. It’s more than just one thing, it’s a plethora of things.

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