Psychotherapy helps improve cognitive abilities, reduce behavioural issues, promote everyday functionality, improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhance mood, maintain adherence to treatment and thus overall improve the quality of life of a person with dementia. Psychotherapy can also help improve the quality of life of the caregivers of the person with dementia by helping them understand the diagnosis, ways to manage their symptoms and behaviours, and providing the much needed emotional support that they might require playing their challenging and consistent role as a caregiver.
Although there is no set number of sessions for helping a person with dementia through psychotherapy, the therapist would be able to give you a general idea of an approximate number as the sessions go on. Sessions can be taken by the dementia patient alone, with family members, or family members alone to learn how to cope with the person’s illness. The aim is to improve the quality of life of all those involved.
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