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Supportive psychotherapy in dementia

  • Ola Junaid and Soumya Hegde


The role of psychotherapy for elderly people is the subject of much debate. Yet this has not resulted in a shift of resources towards increasing its availability within the UK's National Health Service. Over the past decade the pessimistic view of psychotherapy for elderly people has diminished owing to the growing evidence base and the commitment of champions in old age psychiatry and psychotherapy. However, there is still very little structured research into psychotherapy in dementia. Supportive psychotherapy is a poorly understood but very practical means of helping people with dementia to adjust to the effects of their illness. Its inherent flexibility enables individual sessions to be tailored to the patient's needs and deficits. An understanding of supportive psychotherapy and its benefits could enable clinicians to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers within the ever-present constraints of limited time and resources. This article explores the use of supportive psychotherapy as a treatment option in dementia.

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