Study on the benefits of Aromatherapy for the Elderly and People with Dementia on Emotional Wellbeing and Behaviour, Hong Kong, December 2018.
A study was just published today by Po Leung Kuk in Hong Kong on the benefits of Aromatherapy for the Elderly and People with Dementia on Emotional Wellbeing and Behaviour. The aromatherapy treatment was combined with massage to (also) effectively alleviate Pain in the elderly. This is a translation of a newspaper article, published today (December 11, 2018):
“The elderly population in Hong Kong is on the rise, and the number of elderly people with cognitive impairment or chronic pain has also increased, which has plagued them and their caregivers. The Po Leung Kuk commissioned the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to study the effects of aromatherapy on improving emotional and behavioural problems in the elderly. It was found that for long-term pain, aromatherapy can relieve pain, and the effect of massage is more obvious. Aromatherapy can also control the symptoms of elder degeneration, such as the severity of anxiety and sleep disorders.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Science of PolyU recruited 100 patients with chronic pain and 112 elderly people with cognitive impairment to conduct a randomized controlled trial of aromatherapy during the period from November last year to September this year (2018). Participants were divided into 3 groups, including a combination of essential oil massage hands, smelling and inhalation groups, and a control group without aromatherapy. The aromatherapy treatment lasts for 16 weeks and is done twice a week.”
We at Kicozo will ask the researchers for the full paper, to see which oils were used 🙂 .
“The study found that the chronic pain of the elderly who received aromatherapy massage, the pain index fell more than the other two groups, with the most painful 10 points, from the initial average of 6 points to 5 points, a decrease of 17%. In addition, the vitality score of the elderly in massage therapy also rose from an average of 11.39 points to 15.29 points. The higher the score, the more significant the increase is, with an increase of 34%.
It was also shown that elderly people with dementia have improved their symptoms such as anxiety and agitation after receiving smelling fragrant essential oils and inhalation treatment. The higher the score, the more severe the symptoms, the average score for the group of inhaling essential oils dropped from averaged 6.72 points to 3.82 points, a drop of 43%. Caregiver troubles dropped from an average of 5.51 points to 2.54 points, a drop of 54%.
Professor Hector Tsang, head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Therapeutics at PolyU, explained that the olfactory cortex of the brain is close to the limbic system of the brain, so the sense of smell is related to functions such as emotion and memory.”
AromaCare and its applications can make a significant difference in quality of life for the elderly and those suffering from dementia, and their families and carers as well.
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病者是女士的話，情況便完全不一樣。先生們會全程無聲站或坐一旁，有時蹺著雙手，當我小聲解釋按摩的要訣時，他們以難以洞察的幅度點頭 ── 有時我以為自己是在工廠裝配的女工，「大力先生」們就像監工，用一雙鷹眼監察我的工作。
小知識：無論是中風或運動神經元病，患者均可能出現肌肉無力（Flaccid paralysis）或痙攣（Spastic paralysis）。一般而言，因為屈肌（Flexor）比伸肌（Extender）強壯，痙攣病者雙手常會握成拳頭。傳統的按摩會很強調按摩手背的肌肉，因為那是打字時常用到，很多人都會覺得硬繃。但對中風或運動神經元病患者來說，他們更需要按摩是手掌的肌肉，因為那部位的屈肌才是收縮得最多的部位。要讓這類病人的手掌hold好不鬥力當然有一番學問，容後再談。