By Stephen Rath
Trade paperback book
Qigong is the centuries-old practice of moving vital energy (Qi) through the channels of the body to achieve vitality and health. Stephen Rath describes current research and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory to show how qigong practice can support cognitive functioning, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing, in people with dementia.
The author presents a set of accessible Qigong exercises and breathing techniques adapted specifically for older people and those who may be frail or have limited mobility, and which address specific symptoms associated with dementia. These include exercises for the hands and feet, exercises for releasing emotions through the Five Animal Sounds, seated exercises, and facial exercises. The exercises are presented with clear explanatory illustrations. The book also includes an explanation of the Chinese understanding of nutrition as an essential underpinning of good health into old age, and provides health-giving food and drink recipes for people with dementia based on these principles. There is also a helpful chapter on practicing Qigong to protect against caregiver burnout.
Praise for Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging
“As the average human life span has steadily increased since the last century, dementia has become a major challenge to the wellbeing of the aging population. How to prevent, treat, and improve dementia is a task our society faces. To solve this task, a combined effort is needed from different philosophies and medical fields–a place where the East meets the West… This book provides clear and concise information about TCM and Western medicine in order to help readers understand Qigong’s benefit for this illness. The format of exercises is easy to understand and practice. I hope this book will bring new light in fighting dementia and improving the quality of life for our elders.”
-Dr. Shi Cheng, MM (China), Dipl.Ac., vice Preseident and Co-Founder of Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM), Denver, Colorado