There is some supporting evidence according to the British Association for Psychopharmacology.
Tai chi modified for seniors lowers the risk of falls and related injuries.
Taking seniors out of their familiar environment to treat them for broken bones accelerates or reveals their tenuous hold on independence.
Admittedly, the supporting data are limited, but we are talking about people who will spend years trapped within themselves. Are these recommendations dangerous? Is there any evidence that they accelerate mental decline?
The answer is no. And considering the limitations of existing mainstream therapy, these options consider support by the experts and the healthcare community at large.
Particularly in patients with advanced disease, a comprehensive program that provides any improvement in quality of life should be used.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.