The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) registered Aromatherapy Awareness Week 6- 12 June aims to bring more recognition of the benefits of Aromatherapy and its role in the health and well-being of the nation. This year the IFA has chosen Palliative Care to be the theme of the Week.
The need for palliative care is fast increasing as the population ages, with the number of people aged 85 or over expected to more than double by 2037 in the UK.
Palliative care addresses pain management & quality of life. According to a new report by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and Public Health England (PHE) 45% of patients are discharged from inpatient palliative care services with 85% continuing care at home. According to Cancer Research UK aromatherapy is one of the complementary therapies most likely to be offered to patients in cancer clinics and hospitals.
The IFA hopes to raise awareness of the beneficial effects of Clinical Aromatherapy in assisting with the neurological and psychological effects of serious illnesses which have been the subject of several successful research studies. We'd like to hear from therapists with experience working within this field, either privately, within the NHS or voluntary sectors or from those who have had experiences of aromatherapy in end of life care.
Please share your stories with us how you have marked this week by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more information regarding statistics and palliative care in general