This morning I paid a visit to my 93-year-old mother. But, today was different. She carefully explained how she wanted to settle in her chair, but she quickly became agitated. Something new for her, as she has never exhibited any signs of dementia. I calmly said, “Mom, we’ll get you settled.” She replied, “It’s so hard to explain what I want.” She was having difficulty finding the right words. As she said this, I thought, “Is this a sign of what is to come?” I began to pray that I would have patience if more signs were to appear.
It is my desire that these few tips will be of help to those with Dementia so they can live a life full of joy.
Study: The importance of non-pharmacological therapies for Dementia has come to the forefront. In a 2009 study on *Aromatherapy, 28 elderly and 17 with Alzheimer’s, were studied over a 28 day period. The aromatherapy consisted of the use of rosemary and lemon essential oils in the morning and lavender and orange in the evening.
Results: All patients showed significant improvement in personal orientation related to cognitive function.
Conclusion: We found aromatherapy an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy for Dementia. Aromatherapy may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in AD patients.
Lavender: Aid with Relation and Sleep
Peppermint: An Energizer and Stimulates the Mind
Rosemary: An Uplifting oil used to Stimulate the Mind and Body. It may event Improve Cognitive Performance and Mood.
Bergomot: Can be used to Relieve Anxiety, Agitation, Mild Depression and Stress. The mid elevating and calming oil can also be used to Relieve Insomnia.
Ylang Ylang: Can help Ease Depression while also Promoting Good Sleep. This is a great oil not only for a person living with Alzheimer’s but also for caregivers struggling with Restlessness and Lack of Sleep.
Frankincense & Helichrysum: (most specifically for Parkinson’s) Shown to Reduce Inflammation of the Brain. Suggestion: Rub 2 drops frankincense, helichrysum, and vetiver oil on the temples and neck two times daily.
Vetiver: This essential Oil of Tranquility has been know to help Decrease Tremors in Parkinson’s patients. It is also Calming for caregivers.
Caring for our parents is something God calls us to do, but it’s not without challenges. My prayer for each of you with an aging parent is for patience, understanding and God’s love.
*Aromatherapy is the practice of diffusing essential oils by the use of a machine called a diffuser. If you need help in deciding which essential oils are best for you or your loved one, please Contact me.
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