Thursday, October 18, 2007


Acupressure can relieve agitation levels in older dementia patients, according to research reported last month in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

A study conducted at the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan found that regular (15-minute) treatment sessions twice a day for five days a week over a period of four weeks, led to reductions in the patients' propensity to attack others, both verbally and physically.

Twenty patients were studied over a six-week period which began one week before treatment started and ended one week after treatment finished. All the patients lived in special care units in care facilities. Over half were classified as experiencing major behavioural disturbances.


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