What do you know about the holistic therapy in old age?
Non Pharmacological Therapies of holistic approach combining cognitive training, cognitive stimulation and psychotherapeutic techniques is most likely the best way to cover the needs and deficiencies of patients with MCI or mild dementia. In 2008 Alzheimer Hellas and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece conducted an intervention of holistic BRINA’s approach for MCI elderly, including cognitive training, stimulation, and psychoeducation. They noticed improved cognitive performance and in daily life activities, whereas the control group with no therapy demonstrated deterioration in their daily life activities.
(Tsolaki et al., 2010)
In another study of Alzheimer Hellas and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece with BRINA’s holistic intervention with mild Alzheimer patients, the results demonstrated an improvement of the general cognitive performance and daily life activities. (Kounti et al. 2008)
Furthermore, improvement has been reported in episodic memory (verbal and non- verbal), daily life activities and mood after practical problem-solving, self-assertiveness training, relaxation techniques, stress management, cognitive training, motor exercises, and a caregiver information group.
(Kurz et al., 2009)
In 2006, The ACTIVE Study, funded by the National Institute of Health, demonstrated that older adults could improve their brain abilities with the correct training. Certain mental exercises can partially offset the expected decline in older adults thinking skills and looks promising for maintaining cognitive abilities needed to do everyday tasks. Some of the gains from training were seen to be beneficial 5 years later.
The Bronx Aging Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed almost 500 people for more than 20 years. The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities, such as interactive games and other leisure activities ,multiple times a week, had a 65-75% better probability of retaining their cognitive abilities than those who did not participate in these activities.
Another well-known study is the Nun Study. Scientists followed 700 nuns for more than 20 years. An interesting finding was that certain types of intellectual activity and stimulation could protect against many types of cognitive decline. A study from Columbia University supports the concept of brain reserve and that education, occupation and stimulating leisure activities all reduce the potential risk of developing brain disease.