Hypnosis for Memory Retrieval and Pain Relief with the Elderly

Hypnosis for Memory Retrieval and Pain Relief with the Elderly

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According to the 2017 National Population Projections of the American Census Bureau, 2030 marks a significant demographic turning point in US history. In 2030, all baby boomers would be older than 65 years, which would increase the size of the older population to one in five. This means that the elderly are predicted to outnumber children for the first time in the history of the U.S. in a little more than a decade.

Even before the vast majority of Americans move out of the child-bearing years, baby boomers are looking beyond this time frame and will likely retire well ahead of where they would have otherwise. Does this mean that all of the world’s problems will be solved within this short time-frame? 

Will we be able to remember “the good ole days” when that time arises? Will we all have perfect health or will alternative therapies still exist as a positive resource? This article explores evidence-based research where hypnosis for memory retrieval and other elderly hypnosis modalities will still be in demand in years to come.


Hypnosis for Memory Retrieval | Can Hypnosis Help Retrieve Memories?

“Where did I put those car keys again?” While examples like this can be a minor annoyance, forgetting major-specific moments in life can be disheartening. Researchers in this article sought to explore whether Transformative Reminiscence Training is viable in helping one to retain those most cherished moments in life. 


The original purpose of life assessments of older adults against ageism is to improve the psycho-therapeutic treatment of the behavioral symptoms, similar to conventional symptoms, by emotionally addressing mental disease. The greatest impact has been to address the underlying psychological dysfunction and unconscious cognition that contribute to perpetuating disparities in human development. Through life evaluations, Transformative Reminiscence Training is necessary to teach older adult people to conduct their life analyses because the risk of increasing repression is increased.


Self-negative memories, such as the flooding of disputes, disappointment or failures, can be minimized in the form of structured recollections in life. After a landmark article about Erik Erikson’s eighth stage of psycho-social development life, reviews first became popular. The methods used in this study counter the argument of self-negative reminiscence.  This is by mental mining by remembering adverse events for strengths and techniques for coping.

Using Hypnosis for Past Memories

The research included one-hundred sixty older adults over fifty-five in fourteen health centers using an open recruitment method. To compare depressive assessments and dementia, team involvement and treatment adherence, the authors used a two-tail ANOVA model. This study helped them to reject the null hypothesis that life studies would not affect depression rates.

Studies of randomized, controlled research using ANOVA and several analyses on regression showed a combination of cognitive restructuring of negative self-memories.  These include the inclusion of stereotypes, reduced self-recrimination.  It is also important to highlight the Other associated symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and deprivation. 

Ageism and other forms of prejudice and stigma are a stereotypical risk.  It prevents some older adults from searching for help before they need emergency services. This resilience research and improved problem solving among older adults also indicate that auto-positive reminiscence can prevent seniors from having poor self-care.

Limitations of the Study

There were limitations to this study, however. The sample size of the study participants was not high enough.  Also, it was geographically too small to make generalizations assumptions due to limited time and funding. Additional research was highly encouraged to further prove that this modality should be considered with increased beneficial results.


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Diaphragmatic Breathing and Relaxation Techniques to Manage Pain in the Elderly

It can be difficult to treat elderly people with chronic pain. Diaphragmatic breathing does not cure all the pain issues of a person but it can be a big skill in the bag of tricks for a patient. Diaphragmatic breathing is a step in a systematic, patient-directed method of pain management. 

It is based on establishing that the appropriate peritoneal pressure for a particular patient is appropriate. This is by finding optimal peritoneal pressures for the patient. It is also important to exercise strict control of peritoneal pressure. 

The guidance, encouragement and constructive enhancement of the use of this ability are helpful in most patients.  That goes for headaches and other age-related pain. Shallow breathing, including depression and other psyche-distresses, frequently accompanies tension. Normally, this is a result of the fight or flight response.

Deep Breathing Combined with Relaxation Techniques

Deep and steady breathing with relaxation contributed to a better refined emotional anticipation and painful sensation. Is there where the method stops? Researchers found that many people get more nervous when concentrating on their breathing and other methods may be more suitable. Relaxation techniques facilitated by a licensed clinical hypnotherapist is highly encouraged.

Most patients said the above tasks cause complications since they traditionally breathe in a shallow manner. They receive encouragement to completely relax and to feel more comfortable.  They will ultimately acclimate to breathing more deeply.

For best results, monitoring is essential to incorporate this practice. As older participants can revert to their old ways, it can be beneficial to use a team approach. Collaborating with other team members who train with these strategies of complementary alternative medicine is best when assisting with memory retrieval and pain associated with getting older.

Mark Barrus

Mark Barrus is the Director of Healthy Life Centers. I have been in the Hypnosis industry for over 20 years, and have written many articles about the efficacy and effectiveness of Hypnotherapy to overcome unwanted habits and actions. Twenty years of Case Study research and examination have helped me to inform the industry on the results and be a leader in the field. I originally worked with Dr. Richard Neves, the former head of the American Board of Hypnotherapy, training other Hypnotherapists in Advanced Smoking Cessation protocols. In February 2005, we also started Healthy Life Centers, in Orange County, CA

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