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by Barbara Derrick, PhD
ABC Holistic Wellness Foundation
July 11, 2007

An Alzheimer’s unit in Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center in Aiken, SC used our protocol in the use of Suggestive Therapy for the Relief of Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms beginning on May 1, 2004. Whereas, taped affirmations have been used successfully in several major medical centers no other facility has used affirmation designed especially for Alzheimer’s patients.

The results of our study were positive. It is therefore our hope that we can replicate this study in a Nursing and/or Rehabilitation Center.


A taped affirmation, played as the patient prepared for sleep, was used with a pillow speaker. The affirmation was reaped during the night until it was manually turned off in the morning. An experimental group heard the message. The message was withheld from a control group.

The program was begun after an in-service session was given to the entire staff. A second message was designed for use with the staff during their break periods. An experimental group heard the message, a control group did not.

Permission and releases were obtained from families of those in the study. Results:

1. The First Three Months: The results of the first three months netted improvements in all behavioral areas with the experimental group. The control group lost ground in their battle with the disease or showed no progress.

2. The Second Three Months: The second three months the original control group was given the experimental group’s protocol. The original experimental group continued to improve or to maintain their higher level of functioning. The old control group who had not received the protocol for the first three months did not progress as rapidly as the first experimental group but there was some improvement in behavior, cooperation and weight gain.

3. An Unexpected By-product: A spectacular side effect of the Suggestive Therapy protocol was the impact on staff absenteeism. Sick call-ins from the staff of 200 caregivers at the center averaged 32.5% for September 2004. On the ward with the experimental group in six months absenteeism had dropped to 3.0%.

Barbara Derrick, PhD
A.C. Holler, Jr. DMin

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