Alternative Approaches to Supporting Individuals With Early Onset Dementia: Enhancing Quality of Life Through Hypnosis


Research has found that hypnosis can slow down the impacts of early onset  dementia and improve quality of life for Alzheimer patients in seven main areas:

  • Concentration on daily tasks thus retaining valued independence 

  • Relaxation thereby reducing anxiety which is a common feature 

  • Motivation, which helps to avoid depressive states 

  • Undertaking daily activities and keeping active 

  • Short term memory retention 

  • Memory for significant life events

  • Socialization, thereby avoiding the tendency for self-isolation and depression.

The Study

The study found that people living with dementia who had received hypnotherapy showed an improvement in concentration, memory and socialization compared to the other treatment groups. Relaxation, motivation and daily living activities also improved with the use of hypnosis.

Over a nine month period of weekly sessions, it became clear that the participants attending the discussion group remained the same throughout. The group who received 'treatment as usual' showed a small decline over the assessment period, yet those having regular hypnosis sessions showed real improvement across all of the areas that we looked at.

"Participants who are aware of the onset of dementia may become depressed and anxious at their gradual loss of cognitive ability and so hypnosis – which is a tool for relaxation – can really help the mind concentrate on positive activity like socialization."

Why Hypnotherapy ?

Dr Dan Nightingale, co-author of the research and leading dementia consultant at the Abacus Clinic in Newark, added: “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.”

Why Reconnect Therapy Australia for your loved ones Dementia Care ?

Before starting any of the hypnosis, all individuals are to receive an individual consultation by Wendy McNish so their hypnosis was given individually adjusted to accommodate them in a way they understand. 

As known by many, hypnosis is a state of relaxation in the mind and the body follows. This helps the people  involved to relax enough to be able to focus on staying out of the depressive stages in Dementia as much as possible. Keeping out of depression means the people involved can focus on motivation which in turn improves socialization and daily activities. 

When it comes to helping with memory loss, Wendy McNish and  her colleague Paul Harrison focus on combing through the cognitive modes and the context of the situation. Dealing with the cognitive modes is to deal with how memory is stored for that particular individual; auditory, visual, sensory, written. The more improved this becomes, the better the memory becomes as it will last longer. Even the smallest improvement counts for a person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

In the end, hypnosis doesn’t cure Dementia or Alzheimer’s, but studies have shown it can reduce the stages or effects it has on the person.


Keeping any individual in a less depressive state is one of the more important parts of this as depression can lead to negativity in all directions and do more harm than someone who is motivated and positive.


Ultimately, hypnosis brings that motivation to light and helps Dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers live as happy and healthier as they can be.

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