Saturday, 28 October 2017

Alternative Therapy: Yoga in Improved Physical and Psychological Aspects in Alzheimer's disease and AD Caregivers

By Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrients, All right reserved)

Yoga used in combination with compassion meditation may have a positive impact in improved quality of life, attention, vitality,... in patients with Alzheimer's disease, a recent study suggested.

Yoga, the ancient technique practice for harmonized external and internal body well being, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been well known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes' research and supported by health advocates.

In a total of 46 volunteers randomly allocated to two groups, the yoga and compassion meditation program group (n = 25), with program lasted 8 weeks, comprised three yoga and meditation practices per week, with each session lasting 1 h and 15 min and the control group (CG), researchers, after assessed other co founders, found that yoga attendees expressed statistically significant improvements (P < 0.05) on quality of life, attention, vitality and self-compassion scores  in compared to control.

Additionally, in the examined feasibility of older adults with Alzheimer's disease (AD)-type dementia in 8 weeks of the Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga Program, researchers indicated that all participants showed a steady and progressive improvement over the course of program in 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 1 month period.

Due to small size of this sample, Dr, McCaffrey R, the led researchers said, "Further study, using a larger sample and including a control group, is needed to fully determine the effect of the Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga Program on older adults with moderate to severe AD".

More importantly, in the concern of familial caregivers of patients of Alzheimer's disease in reduced quality of life and increased stress levels, researchers conducted a study of 46 volunteers randomly assigned to participate in a stress-reduction program for a 2-month period (yoga and compassion meditation program-YCMP group) (n = 25), at the end, familial caregivers attended the program group exhibited a reduction of the stress, anxiety, and depression levels, as well as a reduction in the concentration of salivary cortisol.

Taking altogether, Yoga, the integrated form of exercise not only improved physical and psychological aspects in patients with moderate and severe AD, but also reduced stress, anxiety and depression of familial caregiver in AD patients.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrients, All right reserved)
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published on line, including world wide health, ezine articles, article base, healthblogs, selfgrowth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bio science, ISSN 0975-6299.
(1) Yoga and compassion meditation program improve quality of life and self-compassion in family caregivers of Alzheimer's disease patients: A randomized controlled trial by Danucalov MA1,2, Kozasa EH1,3, Afonso RF3, Galduroz JC1, Leite JR1.(PubMed)
(2) The effect of chair yoga in older adults with moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease by McCaffrey R, Park J, Newman D, Hagen D.(PubMed)
(3) A yoga and compassion meditation program reduces stress in familial caregivers of Alzheimer's disease patients by Danucalov MA1, Kozasa EH, Ribas KT, Galduróz JC, Garcia MC, Verreschi IT, Oliveira KC, Romani de Oliveira L, Leite JR.(PubMed)

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