By Dr. Marion Somers, Ph. D., Ask Dr. Marion

QUESTION: Being from the hippie generation, my father does not respond well to traditional medical advice. What you would do if you were faced with this challenge? Gene in California, 49

ANSWER: I'm a staunch advocate of alternative therapies. Over the years, many of my clients have shown improvements in their cognitive and motor skills when I've implemented alternative therapies.

But I want to be very clear: I'm not explicitly recommending these therapies. Rather, I want you to know that there are other avenues to explore for your father, and yourself. Proceed with these programs only with the full knowledge and consent of his primary care physician.

Below are the 18 alternative therapies I use most often.

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Art therapy
  • Guided Imagery
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Music therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pilates
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Tai Chi
  • Visualization
  • Yoga

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