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Alzheimer’s: how to improve with rehabilitation

 Alzheimer’s: how to improve with rehabilitation


Alzheimer's disease
Physical therapy

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in the elderly. An estimated twenty five million people worldwide have it. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain for which there is no recovery.


The best known features of AD are memory loss and progressive loss of autonomy of the individual. alzheimer In Alzheimer’s disease is loss of neurons and loss of neurotransmitters, which leads to loss of mental abilities.


Although there is no cure for this disease, if there are many treatments that help improve the quality of life of patients. Physiotherapy is one of them.


The physical therapy uses movement, exercise and physical means to achieve the rehabilitation and improvement, maintenance or restoration of skills as well as to maintain patient autonomy as long as possible. This increases the comfort and quality of life of patients and their families. Physical therapy is very beneficial for the improvement in several areas:


- Maintenance of Competency: Lumber stimulating therapy and therapy facilitator of learning tasks.

- Training Transfer: Transfer (from bed to chair …).

- Prevention of incontinence: bladder training, arrival to the bathroom …

- As a first step to behavioral disturbances (agitation, wandering, sleep disturbances, apathy …).

- Prevention of deformities.

-Prevention of pressure ulcers: postural changes and technical measures.

- Impaired swallowing: this is neurological in origin and often using very simple steps, you prevent possible choking and broncoaspiraciones (risk of pneumonia).

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