Dementia is the impaired ability to think, remember, or make decisions that may interfere with your daily activities. Dementia is known to affect mostly older adults. People with dementia have problems with memory, attention, communication, judgment and visual perception. There are several different types of dementia; Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body, Frontotemporal, Huntington’s and mixed dementia.
Physical therapy and occupational therapy are commonly used to improve a person with dementia’s quality of life. Physical and occupational therapy can’t cure dementia but there are ways they can help slow down symptoms and improve the patients quality of life.
Occupational therapy can help a person with dementia learn how to safely eat, bath, dress and complete other daily tasks they need to accomplish throughout their day. Occupational therapy can help simplify words, improve motor skills, cognitive skills, hand-eye coordination, and some other symptoms which are associated with dementia. Occupational therapists may introduce adaptive devices and recommendations to increase safety in the home and community.
Physical therapy can help with physical limitations such as range of motion, poor posture, imbalance and shuffling gait which are present in dementia patients. Physical therapists may address these physical limitations through strengthening exercises, balance exercises, fall prevention techniques, and flexibility exercises.
A physical and occupational therapist may provide activities such as
- Aerobic exercise
Physical therapy and occupational therapy has been proven to reduce the risk of depression and help people with dementia remain independent for as long as possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from dementia symptoms, call Reddy Care Physical, Occupational and Aquatic Therapy today!
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In-Home Physical & Occupational Therapy (Home Care): 516-829-0030
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Oceanside: 2421 S Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572 Tel. (516) 992-2282
Sources: Lewy Body Resource Center, Alz. Organization
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