What are digital therapeutics?
Digital therapeutics (DTx) are software programs designed to prevent, manage, or treat a medical disorder or disease.
A common approach to digital therapeutics involves prompting people to adopt behaviors that have been demonstrated to improve outcomes.
Digital Therapeutics & Dementia
How can digital therapeutics help with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia?
The growing field of digital therapeutics can provide people with dementia and their families with essential lifelines for connection and engagement.
For decades, the medical community has been searching for an effective pharmaceutical treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. While there are a few drugs approved by the FDA, they offer temporary and limited relief.
This leaves many people with dementia and their families feeling hopeless and helpless. They are not! While there is no cure, people can take action and build habits that can positively alter the course of the disease.
The Power of Routines & Rituals
Staying active and practicing personalized routines and rituals can reduce functional decline and prevent unwelcome bouts of anxiety, boredom, and despair. There is a growing body of evidence to support a variety of behavioral therapies involving the intentional use of music, reminiscing, socializing, and physical activity in treating dementia symptoms.
People with dementia need support in developing and maintaining these types of nurturing routines. Digital therapeutics can help, by mentoring teams in unleashing the benefits of research-backed strategies.