According to US population estimates, 5% of people over the age of 65 and more than 40% of people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the nature of its progressive condition which damages brain cells. Along with this disease comes symptoms that make daily tasks difficult for those who are affected by it.
So how does a Physical Therapist help? For people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, it’s been proven that physical exercise can improve memory, it may delay the worsening of the disease, and increase the ability of those with the disease to complete their daily tasks.
People with Alzheimer’s disease may develop other conditions related to aging, such as broken bones from falls and arthritis. Our Physical Therapists at RPT are professionally trained to help those suffering from these conditions heal and to teach preventative measures to decrease the risk of these injuries.
Those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease may also struggle with coordination and balance. Our Physical Therapists can help minimize these symptoms and even improve on the existing coordination and balance. As you or your loved one works closely with one of our therapists, you’ll be pleased to find progress comes through willing participation and determination.
Physical therapy will increase you or your loved one’s quality of life significantly. We can help you here at RPT.