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Dementia slowed by combined therapy and medication

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The mental decline of patients with Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed with a combination of cognitive stimulation therapy and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, such as donepezil, according to a study.

Japanese scientists found a significant difference between a group of Alzheimer’s patients who received donepezil along with weekly 30 minute CST sessions, compared to one treated with medication alone.

In the combination group, cognition improved in more than 25% of the 31 patients, where there was no marked improvement in the group solely treated with medication.

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