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Yoga for Dementia: A Guide for People with Dementia, Their Families and Caregivers

by Tania Plahay Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 264 pages
AU$45.99 NZ$47.82
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Proven to enhance wellbeing, posture, breathing and sleep, and reduce anxiety and agitation, this programme shows how yoga can be adapted to benefit people with dementia.


Based on the findings of a pilot therapeutic yoga programme for people with dementia in care homes, this book offers substantial yoga sequences, breathing exercises, meditations and mindfulness exercises for improving symptoms associated with dementia. It offers an innovative Reminiscence Yoga approach, which uses sounds, music, guided imagery and familiar actions to stimulate memories. The book demonstrates the many benefits of yoga for people with dementia, and describes the ways that each yoga exercise can be adapted for people of different abilities.


Market: Staff in care homes, day centres, memory clinics, community groups and day hospitals, and family carers.


Acknowledgements. Disclaimer. Foreword. Introduction. 1. What is Yoga? 2. Types of Yoga. 3. Yoga Philosophy and Principles. 4. Yoga Basics and Simple Everyday Poses. 5. Why is Yoga Beneficial for Older People. 6. What is Dementia and How Can Yoga Help? 7. Running Yoga Sessions for People Living with Dementia. 8. Sequences for All. 9. Challenging and Stimulating Sequences for Those With Early Diagnosis or Mild Cognitive Impairment. 10. Exercises for Anger Management. 11. Easy Joint Release Series for Everyone, Adapted to a Chair. 12. Stimulating the Senses. 13. Bhakti Yoga. 14. Yoga, Meditation and Meditation for Advanced Stages of Dementia, Death and Dying. References. Further Reading and Resources.

'I have been diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer type for 11 years. I started practicing yoga 10 years ago, one year after diagnosis. Yoga has helped me with balance, breathing and emotional challenges due to my dementia.


This book was one of the best I have read - clear instructions, visually easy to follow, lots of explanations on why and which moves will help you personally. I loved it and will personally recommend it to my fellow yogis. Namaste.'

- Agnes Houston, MBE


'Our yoga project was a great success, with very positive results for our clients living with dementia. I recommend that yoga is considered as a priority in the well-being and enjoyment of those within care, as it evidenced smiles, laughter and fun even for those who struggled to communicate. Thank you, Tania!'

- Maggie Candy, Care Home Manager


'Tania has provided an easy-to-read and informative book. I am always striving for imaginative ways to keep residents moving and active. Tania's book provides practical and inspirational techniques authenticated by her own experiences. I recommend it for yoga novices young and old and anywhere in between.'

- Lisa Kieh, Plas Bryn Rhosyn Care Home Manager, Pobl Care


'This book is a vital tool for people who are either living with dementia, caring for those living with dementia, or just travelling the aging pathway. The style (with its dip in, or read in full approach) makes it very accessible with good, clear and colourful illustrations. A marvellous opportunity to enhance lives.'

- Dr Lindesay M. C. Irvine, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Queen Margaret University

Tania Plahay has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and teaching for many of them. Drawing on techniques from a range of yoga traditions, yoga therapy and her own research she began adapting yoga for the elderly and in particular those living with dementia. She piloted a therapeutic yoga programme for people with dementia in Four Seasons Health Care care homes.