Bergamot Aromatherapy May Decrease Agitation in Patients with Dementia

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Dementia is a progressive disease that affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, and communication. More than 50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with dementia. That number is expected to triple before 2050. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia and accounts for two-thirds of all cases. Quality of life of patients diagnosed with dementia is affected by disturbances of behavior, mood, thought content, and perception. This cluster of symptoms is known as Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSDs) or Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPSs). Most patients diagnosed with AD will experience one of these symptoms over the course of the disease. Of these NPSs, agitation is one of the most challenging symptoms which features excessive motor activity, as well as verbal or physical aggression. Agitation is predictive of a worse prognosis and increased risk of injury. Treatment of dementia NPSs remains challenging as pharmaceutical approaches can have serious…

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