15 years of dementia treatment in 15 papers: an online themed collection in Age and Ageing journal

26 March 2018
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A&A journal

Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Leicester University and an Associate Editor at Age and Ageing journal. She has curated this free collection of papers on the theme of treatments in dementia.

Age and Ageing journal is delighted to be able to publish this free online collection of 15 papers to provide an update on the advances of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in dementia over the last 15 years. The published studies reflect the efficacy of the current anti-dementia treatments, preventive treatments of cardio and cerebrovascular incidents (known to be risk factors for dementia), alongside the use of antidepressant medication and non-pharmacological interventions for treatment of behavioural and psychopathological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). We also address the future preventative steps and therapeutic strategies currently in development to combat the devastating consequences of dementia.

This overview briefly summarises the major advances in dementia therapeutics to date as followed in Age and Ageing. But what will the following 35 years bring in dementia research? Will they utilise the technological advances of the 21st century and produce a cure for dementia? Are we facing a dementia-free future? And  if so, when? Will the novel anti-dementia treatments be able to ‘dissolve’ the plaques and tangles, and completely reverse the dementia process? Will they also help with the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)? Will lifestyle-based approaches modify or even stop the dementia ‘time-bomb’? What will personalised dementia care look like? Are we going to witness globalisation of dementia ‘intelligent homes’ for independent living? These are just a handful of the futuristic expectations for both professionals and people with dementia and their carers. Join the discussion about these papers, and about what the future holds for dementia care, via the comments section of this blog or via the @gerisoc Twitter account. 

The Collection

These papers are all free to read, download and share from the Age and Ageing journal website. The full collection can be viewed here, or individual papers accessed below.

Currently available anti-dementia treatments

Non-pharmacological interventions

Management of vascular risk factors for dementia

Drug use in people with dementia

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