Dementia is a term that is used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning and communication skills, and a reduction in a person’s abilities and skills in carrying out activities of daily living. There are a number of different types of dementia the most common being Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontol Temporal Dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies. A diagnosis of mixed dementia is when the presentation shows the person to have elements of more than one type of dementia. Dementia is a progressive condition. The symptoms become gradually worse, the rate of which varies from person to person and each person will experience dementia in a different way.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a way of understanding how we use language to program our brain. NLP helps us understand how we process the information that comes into our brains and how we create a simplified version of our experiences in our minds. NLP shows that the simplified version we may accept is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the actual experience, and is largely determined by what we focus on.
The purpose of working with dementia suffers, is to improve the functions that the disability affects to the highest possible level. Once achieved NLP is used to shift the focus and strengthen every other function and resource that the person is using to compensate for the areas that no longer work to their full capacity. Through using the techniques of NLP we can improve the person’s quality of life who is suffering from dementia, providing them with more independence and removing any possible frustrations his/her is experiencing.

Listen to this segment of The NLP View Radio Show, as host, Donna Blinston is joined by author, Olive Hickmott to discuss how she uses NLP to help people who suffer from Dementia.

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