Yoga benefits both dementia patients and providers

By TNT Bureau

Feb 15, 2016: Yoga offers a wide range of benefits that are aimed towards betterment of health and overall wellbeing, taking into account each and everything right from calming your heated mood to providing relief from chronic pain.

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While majority of us know the benefits of yoga, we still are not privy to the piece of information that yoga also benefits both dementia patients and providers.

The valid proof

A research which was conducted in UK revealed that a mix of practices such as yoga, meditation, qigong and tai-chi that were a part of a health program known as Happy Antics is helpful in boosting memory and mood of people suffering from dementia. Also, the healthcare providers involved received good amount of benefits.

For the study, people suffering from dementia aged between 52 to 86 years were given a series of relaxing practices and motions like easy breathing and stretching exercises twice a week for a period of one and half months.

After the completion of this period, it was seen that the ability of the patients to expect the subsequent movements and even bear in mind few series increased.

Enjoyment and benefits for patients as well as caregivers

Majority of the participants said that they enjoyed a lot during the yoga sessions. Some remarked that they felt really nice and it also helped them soothe their mind. The united feeling working and finding feasible solutions as a team further helped in triggering their moods and overall wellbeing.

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The lead researcher of the study Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo said that this activity related to yoga can be done together both by patients as well as caregivers since everybody is undertaking the activity together. The providers too receive peace of mind to in any case permit themselves to release and engage in some fruitful yoga practices.

Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo who is also the lead researcher at Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University in Middlesbrough, UK further explained that having a provider take part in the procedure along with the patients gave a sense of safety and guarantee for the patients. This also helped in promoting a sharp sense of well-being and interest as far as social activities are concerned.

She also said that the universal idea is that people who suffer from dementia are not fit or can?t do any exercise, however the findings of the study have shown that this is not the case at all.

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