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Take a Look at These Unusual Strategies for Fighting Dementia
by Christopher F. Schuetze

The New York Times    Translate This Article
22 August 2018

On 22 August 2018 The New York Times reported: Doctors and caregivers across the Netherlands have been pioneering an unorthodox approach to dementia treatment: harnessing the power of relaxation, childhood memories, sensory aids, soothing music, family structure, and other tools to heal, calm, and nurture the residents, rather than relying on the old prescription of bed rest, medication, and, in some cases, physical restraints. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

In the 1990s, the Dutch started thinking differently about how to treat the disease [dementia], moving away from a medicalized approach.

'In the '80s, clients were treated like patients in a hospital,' said Ilse Achterberg, a former occupational therapist, who was one of the pioneers of 'snoezel' rooms, which feature light, aroma, massage, and sound therapy, and let patients relax and access emotions that are often blocked in stressful clinical settings.

... Katja Ebben, who is the intensive care manager at Vitalis Peppelrode, a home in Eindhoven, in the southeast of the country [Netherlands], said she had noticed that with the newer techniques, patients need less medication and fewer physical restraints.

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