Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report of the Lancet Commission

  • 10/16/2021
  • Dementia Research

For patients with dementia, recommendations are:

Provide holistic post-diagnostic care

Post-diagnostic care for people with dementia should address physical and mental health, social care, and support. Most people with dementia have other illnesses and might struggle to look after their health and this might result in potentially preventable hospitalizations.

Manage neuropsychiatric symptoms

Specific multicomponent interventions decrease neuropsychiatric symptoms in people with dementia and are the treatments of choice. Psychotropic drugs are often ineffective and might have severe adverse effects.

Care for family carers

Specific interventions for family carers have long-lasting effects on depression and anxiety symptoms, increase quality of life, are cost-effective and might save money.