There are believed to be over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and while 1 in 6 people over 80yrs have dementia, this figure is set to rise too. There are also a great many younger people living with dementia too, who often get forgotten. There are over a hundred different types of dementia which affect people of all ages, but the majority effect adults.
Dementia affects almost every area of your life, and affects every individual differently. People become very focused on what they have lost and the negative changes in their life. The Alzheimer’s Society have a wealth of experience and information to help. Getting a diagnosis of dementia is a very stressful experience for the whole family, and hypnotherapy can help support people cope with that stress and the difficult emotions it raises.
Hypnotherapy can help people to deal with some of their symptoms, like anger, frustration and sleepless nights. It is often most effective if the partner or carer attends the session and participates fully too, so both people get maximum benefit from the treatment.
Having worked as a social worker for over 20 years with families living with dementia, I have a good understanding of the impact if has on people’s lives, and approach every person and their situation sensitively and with respect. The impact is different for each person, but it always presents challenges, sadness and a need to adapt. Hypnotherapy can support you both to adapts and adjust to your new and changing situation.