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Complementary and alternative medicine and dementia

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia.

Public interest in complementary therapies is growing at a significant rate, easily outpacing the research conducted into their safety and effectiveness. People are often attracted to the ‘natural’ and safe image of these therapies, particularly in treating chronic medical conditions, for which conventional treatments are often less than completely effective.

This sheet addresses some of the issues surrounding the use of complementary and alternative treatments and outlines the current evidence for their effectiveness.

The Alzheimer's Society