It is thought that the hypnosis works by slowing the decline of their cognitive, physical and social abilities.
Researchers divided a number of dementia patients into three smaller groups. The first group received regular mainstream treatment, the second received group therapy and the third underwent hypnosis therapy.
Those who received the hypnosis therapy showed a huge improvement in areas of concentration, memory, motivation, socialization, relaxation and daily living activities, whereas participants in other groups ether remained the same in those areas or showed a decline.
More in depth research is required to see if hypnosis is effective on a long term basis and for more severe cases of the illness. The researchers have said that it is not yet clear how hypnosis slows the progression of dementia and that more research is needed. However, Dan Nightingale who is co-author of the study has said that he believes hypnosis therapy could be used clinically. ”Evidence to date has shown that we can enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia through the correct use of hypnosis,” he said.