Dementia is a disease causes memory problems with stress, confusion, Bizarre behavior, depression, Anxiety, thinking, and behavior. It is a progressive disease that worsens over a number of years, usually beginning after time and advanced age, can become severe enough to interfere with daily life, It is predicted that one in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, but there are cases where the onset of this disease can affect a person in their 40s or 50s. These challenges all too often occur in the territory of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.
Dementia Alzheimer’s has no cure at the moment, but there are treatments available for symptoms. Research for further treatment and a cure for this disease are ongoing.
Reiki is already proven to have positive effects and benefit to the health of a person in terms of fatigue, stress, pain, etc. For this reason, a study was also conducted to find out the possible effects of Reiki in terms of treating patients with dementia.
As dementia involves the mind, emotional and physical aspects, it is likely that you will be giving a full Reiki treatment or specifically be working with the heart chakra (to focus on emotions, feelings, anxiety, and depression) the third eye and crown chakras (to work on thoughts, mood and to calm the mind).
Treating the Root chakra will help the person with feelings of anger and fear; while working with the Solar Plexus will help the person with releasing anxiety produced by fear and depression caused by anger.
At Reiki First Degree level you will place your hands on or around these chakras at least 5 minutes on every chakra, during the Reiki sessions, the Reiki receiver was told to lie down and the Reiki provider lays his or her hands on the receiver. There is no contact between the hands of the provider and the skin of the receiver. It just looks as if the provider is transferring an invisible force to the receiver and at Second Degree level you will be using CKR for any physical pain and SHK for mental and emotional healing. Remember that you can send Reiki energy to other parts of the body as your hands are placed on a specific treatment point. This is useful if the client is unable to remain still in one place for any length of time.
You can also use crystals and stones that can be used to improve mental clarity, calm fear, heal emotions, and help people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.