Physical therapy provides numerous benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s patients who perform flexibility, balance, and strength exercises combined with medical management are less depressed and have more improvement in their physical functioning than patients who are treated solely with medical management. Exercise also maintains motor skills, improves memory and communication skills, and reduces rate of disease-associated mental decline.
Physical therapy incorporates flexibility and strength exercises as well as balance and gait training. Expert physical therapists tailor exercise programs for each patient to suit their individual needs. An affordable physical therapy program combines exercises and balance and gait training to greatly improve patients’ motor skills and physical function, decrease risk of falls, and provide pain relief.
As we age, our balance and strength deteriorates. This degeneration can pose more problems for Alzheimer’s patients including a greater risk for falls. Here are five fall prevention tips to consider:
- Wear shoes with non-slip soles and avoid wearing socks only.
- Remove or secure any loose rugs or mats.
- Sit in higher chairs or chairs with armrests – they are easier to get in and out of.
- Be sure walkways are well lit and clutter free.
- Contact a physical therapist who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease to set up a physical therapy program to emphasize exercise, balance training, and fall prevention.