Using EFT for Alzheimer's disease
A big thank you to Debra Trojan for sharing her use of EFT with Alzheimer's disease. In the past, Alzheimer's patients have responded to EFT with mixed success. Typically, there has been some momentary memory improvement but, to date, it has not been long lasting.
Debra, however, chose to use EFT with her Alzheimer's beset 82 year old mother while having her repeat a phrase depicting the forgotten memory. The result was an instant recollection of the memory that lasted for many days.
Although this is an example regarding only one person, it points to the possibility of a major assist for Alzheimer's patients. If we can have this result with one memory, what might be the result if we diligently applied EFT to a list of other forgotten memories? Might we restore a higher quality of life to Alzheimer's patients? And wouldn't this bring some relief to their caretakers as well?
Who knows? But it is clearly worth a try. EFT is still in its infancy and, in my judgment, we have many possibilities that are ripe for exploration.
Alzheimer's is one of them.
Here’s an EFT success I’ve recently had with my 82-year-old mother who has Alzheimer’s. She’s been declining over a period of five years. She recognizes close family members but not friends. She can carry on a conversation as long as you keep it current. She’s particularly deficient in her short-term memory. (After five minutes, she’s forgotten what’s she’s done or said.)
She lives with my Sister and her husband (Janet & Rudy). Whenever they go on a trip, she stays with me. She can never remember where they are when they go. So it’s common for her to ask (very often) where they are.
A week ago, Janet & Rudy went to Texas to visit Janet’s daughter Miranda. As expected, Mom started asking me where they were five minutes after settling in at my house. She continued to ask me where they were every few hours. Each time I would tell her that "Janet & Rudy flew to Texas to visit Miranda & Josh and their baby Benjamin." After the fifth day, (and after answering that question approx. 25 times) my frustration level was reaching a pinnacle. It’s usually in times of frustration and desperation that I think of EFT. It occurred to me that if I tapped on her while I told her where they were, she might actually be able to remember it. (If only I had done this the first time she asked me.)
I had her repeat the phrase: "Janet & Rudy flew to Texas to visit Miranda & Josh and their baby Benjamin" while I tapped on her. She was able to follow my lead on the 9-gamut and really got into singing "Happy Birthday." I finished up with the sequence and waited 10 minutes before I popped the big question. You can imagine how excited I was when, after reflecting for a few seconds, she tells me: "Janet & Rudy flew to Texas to visit Miranda & Josh and their baby Benjamin."
An hour later when my 16-year-old son came home from school I couldn’t wait for him to ask her the question and see his surprise. Sure enough, she delivered perfectly. Every couple of hours I tested her. She would always think for a few seconds and then come out with it. It’s been four days and she’s still remembering. (I’ve asked her approx. 20 times in those four days.) Sometimes she has to think about it, but (so far) she’s been able to remember.
I’m speculating now that if I had tapped on her once or twice a day since that first day, she probably wouldn’t even hesitate when I asked her. I’m now planning on experimenting more with her. Who knows, maybe I can tap her right out of her Alzheimer’s disease!