Symptoms include memory problems, a progressive deterioration in the ability to perform basic activities of daily living (ADL), and behaviour changes, mainly apathy and social withdrawal, and also behavioral disturbances. Approximately 15 percent of people with dementia have reversible illnesses if treatment is initiated before irreversible damage takes place.


The goal of treatment is to control the symptoms of dementia.  Most types of dementia cannot be cured. However, there are some exceptions. If the dementia is caused by a head injury, fluid on the brain or a tumor, it can be treated with surgery. For dementia that cannot be cured, such as Alzheimer's Disease, there are medicines that can be prescribed that may prevent symptoms getting worse for a period of time. In addition to the various drugs approved for use in treating Alzheimer’s disease, there is considerable interest in the use of other treatment therapies. Patients benefit from Supportive therapy, Individual therapy, Group therapy, Music therapy, Art therapy, Occupational therapy and Yoga

Broadly defined, rehabilitation includes a wide array of non-medical interventions for those with dementia. Rehabilitation programs emphasize self care, daily activities and social training to help patients overcome difficulties in these areas. Programs may include individual therapy, group therapy, music therapy, art therapy, occupational therapy and social skills training. These approaches are important for the success of the community-centered treatment of dementia, because they provide the skills necessary to lead productive lives.


The objectives of rehabilitation that we follow at Mann Healthy Mind Centre are:

  • Reducing symptomatology: It is one of the most important steps, as one cannot expect a symptomatic patient to function. Similarly, efforts to prevent relapse are also needed.

  • Reducing latrogency: This means reducing the patient’s dependence on medical factors only & at the same time explaining the importance of following up with the treating Psychiatrist regularly for monitoring medication.

  • Improving the Social Competence: Attitude change and education of the patient and the family plays a vital role.

  • Psychological, Social, Occupational and Vocational: Development in these areas which are important to achieve rehabilitation goals and to enable the patient help in basic adjustment in all the above.

  • Personal hygiene and home skills training: The emphasis is on making the patient learn to be as independent as possible.