Holistic Approach to Aging
Holistic Aging is dedicated to caring for the whole person, recognizing healing is always possible, even when curing is not. Our Registered Nurse Life Care managers use nursing knowledge, theories, expertise and intuition to recognize and care for the totality of the human being. We help individuals access their greatest healing potential across mainstream and complementary systems.
What does it mean to take a holistic approach to aging?
The definition of holistic is relating to the idea that things should be studied as a whole and not just as a sum of their parts. An example of holistic is health care that focuses on the health of the entire body and mind and not just parts of the body. We are not just looking at medications, tests, and treatment of disease but considering other issues which could be the root cause of the problem.
Typically, Conventional Medicine (Western Allopathic) focuses solely on the physical health – looking at the illnesses and cures.
We strongly believe that the body can no longer be looked at as a machine with component parts to which a health care practitioner treats one component, while ignoring their interactions and other supporting systems. Holistic Aging’s philosophy of care focus on healing, as well as attention to all aspects of the individual, including their physical, emotional, cultural, mental, social and spiritual needs. We frequently find the “disease” subsides when we address the underlying cause of the symptom.
For example, rather than prescribing a sleeping pill when someone has insomnia, we try to determine what is causing the insomnia.
- Is it not enough physical or mental exercise during the day?
- Are you having a difficult time staying asleep or falling asleep?
- Are you worrying and that is what is keeping you awake?
- Do you have physical issues such as GERD or urinary frequency that are waking you up?
We will then try to address these issues with alternative methods that the client is receptive to trying:
- Clinical Aromatherapy
- Teaching the client meditation or recommending guided meditations or classes
- In Home Yoga or a class for older adults
- Keeping a diary on sleep issues and analyzing the diary
- Adding day time exercise
- Adding day time cognitive stimulation
- Review of all the medications one is on to see if that could be the culprit
- Analyzing the diet
- In Home Massage
- Considering adding melatonin
Clinical Aroma Therapy using Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
The use of aromatic plants and herbs dates back thousands of years and every part of the world has used them as part of their health care system. The connection between plants and people means that we each have an influence on each other.
Each plant has the unique ability to draw nutrients from the Earth and transform them into bio-active constituents that create a corresponding biological response in the human body.
Aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic oils extracted from organic plant matter in order to heal.
There are two main clinical uses of aromatherapy:
- to enhance relaxation, relieve stress, anxiety, and promote a sense of well-being
- to fight against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
The owner of Holistic Aging Solutions, Bobbi Kolonay, RN MS is a Certified Holistic Nurse, a Certified Clinical Aroma Therapist and an Herbalist. Because of her education and expertise as a holistic nurse, her focus has always been on the clinical (healing) aspects of plants.
Bobbi uses her expertise as both a clinician and Aromatherapist to prepare custom made blends to treat such common symptoms as infection, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, pain, inflammation, stress and well-being. Our oils are purchased from the highest quality organic farms throughout the world and we do not participate in any tiered marketing essential oil program.
We also have some “tried and true” blends available for purchase in our office such as Cold/Flu Blend, Memory Blend, Anti-Inflammatory Pain Blend and the most popular “Celebrate your Life.” You can stop by our office to make a purchase of any of these pre-made therapeutic aromatherapy blends (we provide an instruction guide and a description of each blend with every purchase).
Using herbs and spices that have disease-preventive effect in foods is one of the best ways to take advantage of their healing power. For example, it appears that the daily use of the spice turmeric in curry dishes is one reason elderly people in India have one of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the world. There are times when an herbal remedy may offer a safer alternative than a pharmaceutical. Sometimes, it is better to use mild remedies for minor health problems and save the more potent, or riskier, prescription medications for more serious conditions treated by a medical doctor.
Not all herbs are alike. The herbs we offer for your consideration are USDA Certified Organic Herbs, extracted with Certified Organic Grain Alcohol, processed with Certified Organic methods, and laboratory tested for potency. They represent the closest meeting of an herb that Nature can provide.
The best herbal medicines are those you grow yourself. Maintaining a personal herb garden can ensure freshness and quality. Ms. Kolonay has a medicinal garden in her back yard and would be glad to share her ideas and gardening experience with you.