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Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging

by Stephen Rath Singing Dragon
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Pbk 168 pages
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Qigong is the centuries-old practice of moving vital energy (Qi) through the channels of the body, known as meridians, to achieve vitality and health. Research has shown that Qigong practice can support cognitive functioning, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing, in people with dementia.  Guided by the teachings of Grandmaster Hong Liu, Stephen Rath presents a set of accessible Qigong exercises and breathing techniques adapted specifically for older people

who may be frail or have limited mobility, and to 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, and accompanying online videos of seniors practicing Qigong support both individual and group instruction. The final part of the book describes 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.  This will be an invaluable book for care professionals, nurses, activity coordinators, and physical therapists, as w ell as people with dementia and their families.

Preface. Introduction. Part I: A Natural Healing Approach to Dementia. 1. Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspectives on Dementia. 2. Examples of the Rejuvenating Power of Natural Healing. 3. Natural Healing for Emotional Wellbeing. 4. Rejuvenation for the Caregiver. 5. Conclusion. Part II: Exercises to Awaken Natural Healing. 6. Natural Healing Exercises Using the Hands and Feet. 7. Releasing Harmful Emotions through the Five Animal Forms. 8. Relaxation through Facial Energy Massage. 9. Twelve Sitting Exercises: Meditation and Motion to Move Energy through Your Body. Part III: Foods to Awaken Natural Healing. 10. Introduction to the Chinese Understanding of Nutrition. 11. Rejuvenating Foods. About Grandmaster Hong Liu. References. Index.

Stephen Rath, MA, has been a student and practitioner of Qigong and Tai Chi since 1997, studying with Grandmaster Hong Liu and Master Zhu Xilin. In 2012, Grandmaster Hong Liu certified Stephen and his wife, Marcia, to teach four Qi Gong practices, including exercises appropriate for older people with dementia. They live in Denver, Colorado, and Massachusetts, where they teach Qigong.