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Hypnotherapy for Dementia, Can it Really Help?

What is dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature –in which there is deterioration in cognitive function. It affects memory, language, orientation, comprehension, calculation, and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Consciousness is not affected. The impairment in cognitive function is commonly accompanied and occasionally preceded, by deterioration in emotional control, social behavior, or motivation.

The most common types of dementia are:

  • Alzheimer's
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Mixed Dementia (both Alzheimer’s and Vascular)
  • Lewy body Dementia (sometimes alongside Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Korsakoff ‘s Syndrome

Dementia affects each person in a different way, depending upon the impact of the disease and the person's personality before becoming ill.

Demetia old granny

How can you help yourself?

Treatment of dementia depends on the underlying cause. Although age is the strongest risk for dementia, it is not an inevitable consequence of aging.  Neurodegenerative dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease, has no cure, though there are medications that can help protect your brain or manage symptoms such as anxiety or behavior changes.

Studies show that we can reduce the risk of dementia by leading a healthy lifestyle.


  1. Regular exercise
  2. Healthy eating
  3. Not smoking
  4. Avoiding harmful use of alcohol
  5. Controlling the weight

Additional risk factors include depression, social isolation, and cognitive inactivity.

What to do If a loved one is suspicious of having dementia?

  • Discuss with loved ones. Talk about seeing the medical provider about the observed changes soon.
  • Medical assessment- Be with a provider that you are comfortable with.
  • Family meeting. Start planning, and gather documents like the Health Care Directive, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.

Can hypnotherapy reduce the symptoms of dementia?

I think it might.

Don’t we all enjoy the opportunity to slip off our shoes and simply kick back for some ‘me’ time? We know how much better we feel after we have had that time to simply relax – to withdraw into our own world where we can be at one with our thoughts. When people are first diagnosed with dementia it can cause stress, anxiety, or depression worrying about the future for themselves and their families. The loss of their cognitive control and changes in personality can be frightening. And this is where hypnotherapy comes. There are studies that have been done to prove that brain function can be altered in people using hypnotherapy for dementia.

Some people truly believe in hypnosis and there are others, who are skeptical. It is said that hypnosis gained a bad rap. Mostly because entertainers claim to use it to make people act out in strange ways, at parties and shows. However, if we look at the serious side of hypnosis as therapy, we might be surprised at the power it has for healing.

Several studies have shown that hypnotherapy for dementia can help reduce many of the distressing aspects of dementia by:

  • Boosting short term memory capacity
  • Improving the ability to concentrate on everyday tasks
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Increasing our ability to feel calm and relaxed
  • Boosting our focus and motivation
  • Reducing isolation and loneliness

The studies show that hypnotherapy for dementia can improve quality of life by giving clarity of thought, better capacity to concentrate for longer periods of time, and learning to control emotions. It can also boost our desire to socialize, interact and be with others reducing the loneliness and isolation many suffer from dementia face.

Hypnotherapy for dementia can also bring great benefit to family members or caregivers of those with dementia, helping them to be more patient and understanding with a relaxed approach. It empowers them to feel calmer and not to let their worrying thoughts take over so they are in a better position to deal with the needs of their loved ones.

Relaxation and ‘me time’ are good for all of us. However, for people living with dementia, it can have that little extra, therapeutic benefit.

So, if you or a loved one is struggling to deal with dementia or the impact of caring for someone don’t hesitate to contact me.

Rhondda Stewart
Rhondda has a long and distinguished career spanning decades, including winning the Educator of the Year Award 2004 from the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (USA). To find out more about Rhondda and her achievements, please click bellow.
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