Over the past several decades, our understanding of Alzheimer’s has advanced significantly. Though a cure is not yet available, this deeper understanding has led to a wide variety of more effective treatments. For those looking to supplement or minimize medication usage, sensory-based therapies seem particularly promising. How does sensory therapy work, and does medical research support the concept?
The basic principle behind sensory therapy is a verified fact: all sensory stimulation is processed in the brain. It doesn’t matter whether the stimulation originates from our sense of sight, smell, touch, taste or hearing; the neural pathways in our brain will be activated. Sensory-based therapies take advantage of this stimulation in an attempt to exercise the brain and keep it functioning at a normal level.
Based on this principle, many types of sensory therapies have been developed and tested. Some of the most successful and promising therapies are below.
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