Alternative Approaches to Supporting Individuals With Dementia by Simon Duff, PHD; and Daniel Nightingale, PHD, is the latest edition to the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library. This article about hypnosis for dementia is particularly timely in that Dr. Nightingale will be here is Seattle January 26 & 27, 2013, presenting the Best Practice in the use of Hypnotherapy for People Living with Dementia training. The rationale for exploring the use of hypnosis with people living with dementia is based on the philosophy of person-centered care in that it can be tailored to the particular needs and preferences of the individual. Hypnosis is also noninvasive and relatively inexpensive, and there is a research base indicating that hypnosis can have positive effects on aspects of quality of life.
Alternative Approaches to Supporting Individuals With Dementia
The data from this study supports previous work indicating that individuals with dementia can be hypnotized. Furthermore, it adds to the increasing body of empirical data demonstrating the important contribution hypnosis can make in improving the quality of life of individuals with dementia. Importantly,although it may seem obvious,it is crucial to differentiate between improving the psychosocial quality of life of persons with dementia and impacting upon the process of dementia. In the particular environment of this study,hypnosis has demonstrated an ability to play a role in changing particular aspects of quality of life.This implies that there is a subjective, cognitive component to the common behavioral changes associated with dementia that impact quality of life in addition to those changes produced by the biological process of dementia.We suggest that it is through this subjective component that hypnosis impacts quality of life, which leads to the prediction that it should be possible to both differentiate and plan interventions for the objective, biological effects of dementia and the subjective, psychological effects independently.
My personal experience is that hypnosis can be very effective in helping people who are living with dementia to feel safe, calm and relaxed. Currently there are no research studies that indicate that individuals with dementia cannot be hypnotized. A few studies support the notion that people with dementia can indeed be hypnotized. Visit the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library.
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