Non-pharmacological therapies, which are appearing as a potential treatment for people with dementia, focus on slowing or delaying cognitive and functional decline and minimising the overburdening of carers. Non-pharmacological therapies offer a wide range of activities that provide cognitive stimulation in a social context. Institutions dedicated to the treatment of people with dementia usually use various cognitive stimulation techniques, such as reality orientation, reminiscence, validation and cognitive rehabilitation computer programmes.
The aim of the Research Unit’s neuropsychology service is to find diagnostic tools to detect Alzheimer’s disease in its prodromal and preclinical phases.
In parallel, we are seeking clinical, genetic and neuroimaging predicting factors for the conversion to different types of dementia in people with mild cognitive deterioration and healthy people. We are also assessing the beneficial effects of cognitive stimulation on people with mild dementia.