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Free Holistic Therapies and Dementia Seminar

Published Friday, 29 April 2016

Holistic therapies and dementia is the subject of a free seminar in Ribble Valley.

The seminar, at the Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho, on Tuesday 17 May, will look at how a range of therapies from laughter and light to Reiki and reflexology can help people with dementia.

The seminar has been organised by the Ribble Valley Dementia Alliance in association with Ribble Valley Borough Council and is part of the borough’s ongoing bid to become dementia-friendly.

Holistic therapies tackle disease by treating a person’s mind and spirit, as well as their physical symptoms, and may or may not involve the use of natural herbs and supplements, as well as different approaches outside mainstream medicine to improve functioning and quality of life.

The seminar will consist of practical demonstrations and explanations of holistic treatments for dementia, including music and singing, art, bright light, laughter, spiritual care, diet and exercise, herbal supplements, aromatherapy, acupuncture and massage.

Ribble Valley Borough Council partnership officer Dilys Day said: “Recent research shows that music is able to evoke a response or memory in people with dementia. For example, someone may have difficulty finding the right words to use, but be able to sing an entire song.

“Evidence also suggests that people with dementia can benefit from spiritual activity and are calmed and uplifted by prayer. In studies, some people with dementia have recited religious verses and prayers, while the tactile experience of holding a meaningful object, such as a prayer book, may also be beneficial.

“There is a considerable local appetite for making life easier for people with dementia and their families, which has been translated into a campaign to make Ribble Valley a dementia-friendly borough, and this is the latest of several awareness events that have attracted significant interest.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council has hosted numerous dementia awareness sessions in recent years and has been working with the Alzheimer’s Society to develop a network of ‘dementia friends’ able to assist people with the condition.

The council’s reception staff have received training in dementia awareness and the borough’s mayor is soon to launch a series of dementia-friendly ‘memory benches’ that will be sited throughout Ribble Valley over the coming year.

The holistic therapy and dementia seminar will take place from 2.30 to 5.00pm and attendance is free, although booking is essential by phoning David Ingham at the Ribble Valley Dementia Alliance on 07803 930830.

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