I have a mum who is in the mid stages of dementia so this may not possibly be applicable to her, so I'm posting in this part of the forum as it may be helpful for people who have loved ones in the early stages. I live in New Zealand and in today's newspaper was this article - 'Music, dance, diet key to slowing down dementia - study' http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11408684 I'm sure a lot of people are already aware of this, but just thought I'd highlight it here. Whether the study once completed finds this works or not, it can't be a bad thing anyway, to try to keep the brain more engaged and have a healthier lifestyle in general. Mum has always smoked and she has vascular dementia - so the smoking has played a part in this but of course, after 70 years of smoking she's not about to give up now but maybe if your loved one smokes and could give up that could be beneficial too. (But for me, mum has become more fixated on smoking - it's the one thing she hasn't forgotten!). Anyway, just thought I'd share this because if it helps one person to 'arrest' the illness for the time being, it'll be worth the post.