Dementia, Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Reiki

Reiki’s Use In Dementia Patients And For Their Caregivers

By: Deborah Bier, PhD

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hands_1390592178822Memory problems, Stress, Confusion, Bizarre behavior, Depression, Anxiety and Caregiver burnout. These challenges all too often occur in the territory of Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias (ADRD). But what if a gentle “laying on of hands” could give some real help to patients and caregivers alike? And what if this help were scientifically verified in well-conducted research, and published in peer-reviewed journals? Seems like a wild fantasy, doesn’t it?

It’s not. Research has shown that Reiki (pronounced RAY-key) healing can be effective in addressing a number of the challenges dementia patients and their caregivers face every day. Scientific validation of Reiki’s effectiveness comes from numerous studies examining a variety of types of people, problems and settings. This type of solid research has helped bring Reiki into the mainstream.

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