3 Ways a Physical Therapist Can Improve Care for Someone with Alzheimer’s
For seniors physical therapy may be needed following a hospital stay, medical emergency, injuries, or for some other reason. When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, if their primary care physician (their doctor) recommends that they visit with a physical therapist once or twice a week, it’s good advice to take.
There are plenty of benefits that an experienced and qualified physical therapist can offer people from all walks of life. It’s far too easy to assume a physical therapist is only required following a heart attack, stroke, major surgery, or injuries. A physical therapist can provide a number of benefits for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
For somebody with Alzheimer’s, their mobility may become limited, especially if they are not as active as they used to be. Here are three ways a physical therapist may actually improve the quality of care and maybe even health for somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
- Improved blood flow.
With range of motion activities and exercise, blood flow can improve throughout the body. When a senior with Alzheimer’s is working with a physical therapist and his or her heart rate is getting elevated, it’s not only strengthening the heart, it’s also helping to improve blood flow.
When blood flow is improved, oxygen and vital nutrients are carried more efficiently throughout the body. That means the brain will also be getting more oxygen and vital nutrients, which can help slow down the progression of memory loss and other brain related symptoms.
- It can help improve energy.
When a person exercises, they are building up energy. Energy begets energy, or so the saying goes. For somebody with Alzheimer’s who may be limited on their activity level, they may also have limited energy. With these physical therapy exercises, they could actually improve their energy level, help improve focus, and stay more positive.
- It can provide better motivation.
It’s not always easy to stay motivated, especially when looking at a few years into the future. When someone has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they might not see the benefit in relying on physical therapy or simply taking care of themselves.
However, when a person is exercising, taking care of their physical health, they often feel better mentally and emotionally. That can provide more motivation to stay active and pursue certain things that are important to them.
It is important to understand the value a physical therapist can offer seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Of course, this only applies to those seniors whose doctor has recommended this course of action.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County today at 203-629-5029
Established Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County with wife Marian in 2001. We were the 61st of what now numbers over 750 offices nationally. The genesis was our experience with the care of seven elderly relatives, along with the need to provide more options to seniors who want to remain in their own homes but are challenged without safe, reliable services. With over 15 years in the home care industry, our office was at the forefront of this emerging industry and helped develop consumer awareness of this alternative to caring for the elderly and disabled.
Served as a member of National Advisory Committee, advisors to the Comfort Keepers Franchisor and past chairman of the Branding Committee. Past vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Homecare Association of America, an industry advocacy organization. The association provides industry and consumer education on issues of homecare as well as support and educational standards setting for the “employee based” homecare industry. Responsible for legislative development, worked with local and state legislators on rules and laws improving consumer and employee protection.
Host and Producer of www.TheHealthyAgingShow.com An informative talk show on issues of getting older. Also authored numerous articles on the elderly and aging related issues.
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