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Hypnosis and Alzheimer’s

As early as the 1950’s, The American Medical Association recognized hypnosis and hypnotherapy as a viable alternative to traditional medicine for various health conditions. Today, with Alzheimer’s fast becoming one of the worlds biggest health problems, more and more people are turning to hypnosis for help. From the laboratory to the living room, it is being proven that hypnosis can slow down the impacts of Alzheimer’s and improve the quality of life for those living with the condition.

Dr Simon Duff, a forensic psychologist, investigated the effects of hypnosis on people living with dementia and compared the treatment to mainstream health-care methods. He found that people living with dementia who had received hypnosis therapy showed an improvement in concentration, memory and socialisation. Relaxation, motivation and daily activities also improved with the use of hypnosis. It also stands to reason that people who notice the onset of dementia may become depressed and anxious. Hypnosis, which is also a tool for relaxation, can really help the mind concentrate on something positive while relieving stress. Dr Dan Nightingale, co-author of the research and a leading dementia consultant, adds that “evidence to date has shown that we can enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia through the correct use of hypnosis. We have now developed a course for clinicians who wish to incorporate hypnosis into health care plans.” Read more »