Cultural and arts trips, as well as action recommended by health professionals, should be used to treat Alzheimer's disease and help with the care of the elderly, a specialist has stated.
Arguing that the current methods of treating the condition are outdated and can even make the situation worse for sufferers, Dr John Zeisel, the president of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, compared current methods as being on a par with those used to treat epilepsy or autism in the 19th century.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the expert argued for a complete overhaul of attitudes to the condition, particularly given that cases are on the rise within the UK.
He stated: "My own research and practice across the world, as well as the work of many other scientists, has proved that non-pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer's, such as environmental design responsive to their capacities, caregiver education, and visits to museums with research-based selection of art works and specially trained guides, can be just as powerful as other medicinal treatments."
The comments come in the same week that scientists working at Duke University in North Carolina claimed that eating curry twice a week can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, thanks to the properties of the key ingredient curcumin.