Treatment for people with young-onset dementia

Dementia cannot be cured but there are treatments and support that can help someone live well with the condition. This page looks at the different types of treatments that can help someone with their symptoms. 

Drug treatments for young-onset dementia

Common drug treatments help with symptoms of dementia, such as donepezil for Alzheimer’s disease or certain antidepressants for frontotemporal dementia. For vascular dementia, drugs will be offered to help to treat the underlying conditions.

Drug treatments

There is currently no cure for dementia, but there are drugs that can help with some of the symptoms. Read in more detail what is available.

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Non-drug treatments for young-onset dementia

Non-drug treatments are also available, usually through the GP. Counselling may help the person adjust to the diagnosis or with relationship issues. Talking therapies may help if the person (or anyone supporting them) becomes depressed or anxious. For more information see our page on apathy, anxiety and depression and Talking therapies (including counselling, psychotherapy and CBT).

Ask a professional about sessions of cognitive stimulation or life story work because these can also help. Non-drug approaches should also be tried first for behavioural changes (see our page on Changes in behaviour).

Dementia progresses more quickly if someone is physically unwell, so it is important that the person looks after themselves. This includes regular physical exercise, not smoking, drinking alcohol only in moderation, eating a healthy diet and keeping to a healthy weight.
 

Staying healthy

Read more about the adjustments that can be made to the person's lifestyle or environment in order to boost their health.

Staying healthy
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