dementia & alzheimer's
The databases for mind-body research on guided imagery and meditation just keep on growing, I’m happy to report. There’s a steady growth of well designed, randomized clinical trials that yield promising-to-robust results.
And – be still my heart! - there’s now enough of a cache of respectable research to generate systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, bubble maps, the works. This, people, is a significant step up.
My father has suffered from dementia for years. He no longer has clarity in his mind and does not recognize me or my brother. He lives in a special care facility where he gets good care.
The staff recently told me that he was becoming more agitated and sleepless during the night. As a result, he is extremely tired and confused during the day.
Any suggestions as to what kind of tools might help him, or will nothing reach him at this point?
I have a question regarding an advanced level dementia resident that has high anxiety and becomes very anxious with environmental stimulation (noise, other residents that act out, loud TV’s, etc.) . He is able to express to staff when his anxiety level rises. When he does, we removed him from the chaos (stressor) and a caregiver will sit with him in a quiet place to redirect and help him to lower his anxiety.
I feel that your play away would be very effective for him. What pre-loaded program would you recommend for an advanced level dementia resident with high anxiety?
I just learned that my dad, who has dementia, has been getting more and more agitated and sleepless at night. Got anything that might calm him?
We know yoga improves balance, muscle tone, joint flexibility, ability to relax and be mindful. But it also appears to be associated with improved cognitive function.
I work in a nursing home where we always have confused people who are awake all night and sleep during the day. I’d love to use guided imagery for sleep or agitation. Which CD would be best for people with various types of dementia? Does guided imagery even work with brains that are damaged?
I’m a geriatric nursing supervisor who works in a nursing home where we are constantly dealing with confused elderly, who are awake all night and sleep most of the day away. I would like to try some new tools. My daughter suggested guided imagery for sleep or agitation. Do you have any suggestions on what audio program would work best for those in various types and stages of dementia? Does a technique like guided imagery have any influence over a compromised brain?
Last week's blog for September is Healthy Aging Month was all about attitude. This week, we take a look at some recommendations for maintaining physical health while keeping that positive attitude.
Get Proper Nutrition: That means eating well and when necessary, taking nutritional supplements. We hear the virtues of nutrients like Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, Omega 3 fatty acids and even dark chocolate being touted for their ability to support senior health, but what should you eat, which supplements are right for you and how much should you take? There are numerous publications and websites dedicated to nutrition. One book I heartily recommend is You Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Looking Good and Feeling Great, by Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz. The book was updated and released last month, and it contains the latest information about nutrition for maintaining optimal health.
September is Healthy Aging Month and we decided that, because this is such a huge subject, we would include it in two weekly blogs. This week, it's all about cultivating a wellness attitude.
Next week we will include some tips for physical fitness. The good news is that, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup's new book, Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Well-Being, this decade's seniors comprise the largest and healthiest group in U.S. history.
"Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population (increasing at the rate of 75,000 people per year)," she said. She attributes many aspects of seniors' healthy lifestyles to attitude. "Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value."
My 86-yr old aunt is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. She lives in a nearby assisted living facility and I, along with two other sisters, are her family caregivers. As the Alzheimer's progresses she is becoming more anxious (Sundowner's Syndrome) and depressed. I have used several of your guided imagery recordings over the years to help me and I was wondering if there is something you could recommend to ease her depression and anxiety. She was a music teacher in the past and yet I can't get her interested in listening to music to help relax her. I am hoping that listening to a human voice at night might bring her some comfort. Is there anything you can recommend?