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Overview

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not curable and is a progressive disease. However, neuroscience has demonstrated the brain’s plasticity – which is its ability to learn and form new neural connections and modify itself, even in old age. It posits that persistent activity of a particular kind can increase the brain’s efficiency at executing those behaviours efficiently. Thus, CBT is involved in making attempts at modifying those cognitions and behaviours of people with AD that are often problematic and not useful. Once the person has the onset of AD, although the progressive decline of cognitive functions cannot be reversed, it can be slowed. CBT is equipped with cognitive activities that exercise the brains of AD patients and can help reduce the rate of decline in functioning. Patients with AD may find themselves feeling a loss of their identity and end up withdrawing from social activities. This can make them experience a sense of isolation and loneliness. They may be unwilling to participate in support groups in order to emphasize their ‘self-sufficiency’ and to distinguish themselves from old people who are considered to be dependent and decrepit. CBT can help them become aware of these thought patterns that prevent them from gaining support by helping them reframe these thoughts.
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How effective is CBT for Alzheimer’s?

CBT is very effective in helping patients with Alzheimer’s and their family members identify and deal with the emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and caregiver’s burnout that they are likely to experience.  

What are the benefits of CBT for Alzheimer’s?

CBT helps patients with AD and their family members deal with emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, isolation, loneliness, and burnout, improve communication between the patient and their family members, educate and train the family members on ways to manage the symptoms and deal with their loved one, and help them deal with feelings of loss and grief brought about by the nature of the disease. 

How many numbers of sessions are required? 

The number of sessions depends on the amount of support required by the AD patient and their family members and thus is variable.