What The Research Says
Dr Daniel Nightingale conducted extensive research in collaboration with Dr Simon Duff who at the time was based at the University of Liverpool.
Their scientific based research found that hypnosis can slow down the impacts of dementia, and improve the quality of life for those living with the condition.
Investigation was undertaken into the effects of hypnosis on people living with dementia and compared this to mainstream health care methods. They also looked at how hypnosis compared to a type of group therapy where participants were asked to discuss news and current affairs.
The research found that people living with dementia who had received hypnosis showed an improvement in 7 key areas over a 9 month research period, and continued benefits seen during a longitudinal study conducted 12 months later.
Conversely, over the 9 month period of weekly sessions it became clear that participants attending the discussion group remained the same throughout. The group who received their treatment as usual showed a small decline over the same time period. However those receiving regular hypnosis sessions showed real improvement across the areas listed below..
- Improved focused concentration.
- Short term memory improvements.
- Better memory recall of important events.
- Improved socialisation.
- Increased confidence to carry out daily activities.
- Reduced levels of anxiety.
- Increased self motivation.
Dr Nightingale explains that ‘evidence to date has shown that we can enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia through the correct use of hypnosis’.
The Nightingale Diploma of Hypnosis and Brain Health Coaching for Dementia is now available for Hypnotherapists wishing to support those living with dementia.