Hypnosis for Dementia

Dementia Hypnotherapy Specialist

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, and this figure is set to rise. There are also 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 mostly adults. It is common for people to experience increased anxiety and depression after their diagnosis, which hypnotherapy helps.  It can also help long term functioning and slow the rate of deterioration from dementia, according to research.  People I work with feedback that it lifts the mood and improves the quality of life for a number of days following each treatment too.

A comprehensive piece of research compared three groups of people with dementia over nine months and then a year later.  One group had weekly hypnotherapy sessions, the second group attended weekly group discussion groups and the third group followed the usual dementia treatment.  The study assessed six areas, including immediate memory, motivation and improving activities of daily living – and found that all six areas were positively improved in the hypnotherapy group, compared to the other two groups.  One year after treatment the hypnotherapy group were still better functioning than the other groups.  Here is the research – Alternative Approaches to Supporting Individuals with Dementia – which gives the full information and simple graphs reflecting their results.   

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Dementia affects almost every area of your life, and affects every individual differently. People often become very focused on what they have lost and the negative changes in their life.  Hypnotherapy alternatively has a The Alzheimer’s Society have a wealth of experience and information around dementia which can be very helpful. 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.

Dementia Hypnotherapy Specialist

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.  Alternatively some carers choose to have their own treatment, tailored to their specific needs, during this stressful and often difficult time.

Having worked as a social worker for over 20 years with families living with dementia, I have a good understanding of the impact it 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 adapt and adjust to your new situation and most importantly, to find some joy in life.  This is vital to enable you both to enjoy your time as much as possible, rather than being overwhelmed by the condition and prognosis.