Reuters (10/14, Carroll) reports an analysis by Canadian researchers at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute within Unity Health Toronto of over 163 studies involving nearly 25,000 patients suggests that “symptoms of aggression and agitation in dementia patients may respond better to non-drug therapies such as massage, touch therapy and outdoor activities.” Investigators “found that outdoor activities were more effective than antipsychotic medications for treating physically aggressive patients.” Also, in terms of “verbal aggression, massage and touch therapy were more effective than the patients’ usual care.” The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)
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