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Does Consuming Green Tea Help Those with Dementia?

by Carole Larkin, Alzheimer's & Dementia Expert
December 18, 2014

Question: I read that consuming green tea, ginseng and cinnamon can help people with dementia. Is this true?

Answer: The plain and simple fact is that there is nothing that we know of now that prevents dementia or cure the dementia. I hate that truth, and I know everybody else feels the same way about that fact. Nevertheless, how we feel about it doesn’t change the fact that it’s true.

There are some drugs that can slow down the course of some of the diseases so that people can function better longer. Examples are: for Alzheimer’s and some other mainly cognitive diseases, drugs like Aricept and Namenda can help some people for a period of time. Levodopa and similar drugs can help Parkinson’s and similar movement disorders for a period of time. Please be sure to check with your doctor before taking any of these medicines. It is not advisable to make medication decisions without the approval of your doctor.

Common, everyday items generally have been found to have marginal or no help in prevention or cure of the dementias on the whole. There has been some research on various and assorted items, and more is continuing to go on currently. I trust research based on scientific principles, not testimonials from people.

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Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, QDCS, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX.

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