Summary: Based on more than twenty years of clinical trials, Dr. Linda Teri and colleagues have developed a series of behavioral techniques and caregiver training programs know as the Seattle Protocols. Their research has shown that nondrug treatments for people with dementia can reduce depression, anxiety and general behavioral problems in people with dementia, decrease disability, delay institutionalization and reduce burden and depression in caregivers.
This is the last in a series of posts about presentations during the Psychosocial Issues and Neuropsychology session at ICAD 2008. We hear a lot about clinical trials of Alzheimer's drugs, but there isn't much coverage of clinical trials of the nondrug treatments discussed in this session. Maybe this is because nondrug treatments don't promise a cure. But they can reduce health problems in people with dementia and their caregivers, whether those problems are physical or psychological.