CLINICAL HYPNOSIS CAN HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
People are now living much longer due to better quality food more exercise and better medical treatments. As a result of living longer more people are being diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimers disease.
There are over 800,000 people in the UK with a diagnosis of dementia, and 5.4 million in the USA with a diagnosis of Alzheimers disease.
In recent studies carried out at Liverpool University by Dr Duff and Dr Dan Nightingal, it was found that Hypnosis can slow down the the impact of dementias and can also improve the quality of life for those living with dementia.
The studies found that people living with dementia who recieved hypnosis therapy showed an improvement in many areas, concertration, motivation, socializing, memory, daily living and relaxation also improved.
There are seven key areas where hypnosis was found to positively enhance, when having weekly sessions.
4 Activities of Daily Living
5 Immediate Memory
6 Memory for Significant Events
By improving in these areas quality of life is improved while associated symptoms such as anxiety and agitation are decreased.
The studies showed that over a period of nine months of weekly sessions it became clear that participants attending the hypnosis sessions showed real improvement over all the areas that were looked at. Further research conducted a year later to measure the longevity and continuing efficacy of the original therapy found that in all cases the effects were still present and in some cases had continued to improve without any further therapeutic intervention.
While there is still more work to be done hypnosis does help people to improve.