Alzheimer’s and How Physical Therapy Can Help
Exercise can help slow down declining physical and mental health
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and about 15 million people are caregivers to someone with Alzheimer’s. It is the most common type of dementia, resulting in memory loss, behavioral and cognitive issues. Your risk of getting Alzheimer’s increases with age but it is not a normal aging process. As the disease progresses maintaining independence with daily tasks becomes more challenging and dependency upon others increases.
Physical therapy can play a large role in maintaining ones safety and independence, and can delay the disease progression. Exercise helps cardio fitness, endurance, strength, flexibility, balance, social interaction, as well as maintenance of motor skills. Studies have shown that exercising regularly can also improve memory function, communications skills and improve behaviors. In addition to reducing the stress and burdens on family members, it can also significantly decrease levels of depression.
Should an assistive devise be needed a Physical Therapist can determine the most appropriate kind and train you in proper usage. Patients with Alzheimer’s often do better exercising in the morning due to what is termed “sundowning” – fatigue, agitation and tiredness are at its highest later in the day, so try to exercise early.
What Types of Exercise Can Help?
- Strength Training
- Aerobic Training
- Balance Training
- Flexibility Training
For Additional Information or to schedule an evaluation, please contact the experts at Hohman Rehab 1.855.404.6908