These non-drug options for management of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) all use the sense pathways to the brain, which lasts longer than language or reason.
Aromatherapy uses diffuses healing oils into the air to calm, fight infection, or energize. It is easy to use and can be effective even with people who have lost their sense of smell.
Non-custodial touch (vs. that used in physical care) can decrease anxiety, agitation, physical pain and stress while improving comfort, relaxation and reassurance.
Massage therapy soothes and relaxes. Simple massage can be learned quickly by care partners and provide wonderful together time.
Acupressure uses finger pressure to calm, improve sleep and speech and relieve pain. While less effective than acupuncture, it can be easily learned and used by care partners.
Sound therapy uses sound vibrations, music and rhythm to enhance mood, relaxation and cognition.
Visual stimulation uses light, color, shape and motion to stimulate and relax.
For information about Lewy body disorders, read our books:
A Caregivers’ Guide to Lewy Body Dementia
Managing Cognitive Issues in Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia
Helen and James Whitworth are not doctors. As informed caregivers, they share the information here foreducational purposes only. It should never be used instead of a physician's advice.