Alzheimer’s disease attacks the mind, progressively making cognitive and physical tasks more difficult.
Although there is no cure for the neurological disease, studies have shown that physical, occupational and speech therapies can help those living with Alzheimer’s live their best possible life.
ProHealth’s board-certified therapists in all three disciplines have experience in working to improve quality of life issues for these individuals from the comfort of their own homes.
Physical Therapy Benefits
Alzheimer’s can significantly affect a person’s ability to carry out everyday activities. Exercises overseen by physical therapists can help in the following areas:
- Balance: Deteriorating balance abilities can make falls more likely. Simple exercises can help patients improve their ability to stay upright as they move.
- Endurance: Activities that increase heart rate can improve health in many ways. Alzheimer’s patients can benefit from things such as yoga, gardening, house work, Tai Chi and dancing.
- Strengthen and stretching: Strong muscles and flexibility help increase mobility. Therapists can help develop these with targeted moves focusing on the back, core, knees, legs and neck.
Occupational Therapy Benefits
Occupational therapists will help people living with Alzheimer’s perform daily activities to make life more satisfying. An OT can help with:
- Promote socialization: Communication can suffer due to the disease. Therapists can help with outbursts, conversation difficulty and proper responses to underlying emotions.
- Education and support: Setting up routines can make it easier for the patient and family to deal with Alzheimer’s. These tips can simplify tasks and directions for family members communicating with their loved one.
Speech Therapy Benefits
Speech-language therapists help with more than just speaking clearly. They can help stimulate the brain to retain language skills and memory to aid communication. They may address the following:
- Isolation: Avoiding interactions or conversations because of a fear of not remembering can lead to feelings of isolation. Family members can help address these feelings by learning how to trigger fond memories.
- Help with swallowing: In later stages of the disease, swallowing properly can become problematic. Working on this can help minimize weight loss and improve nutrition.
To learn more about how ProHealth’s in-home therapy services in Ohio can help Alzheimer’s patients and their families, call us at 877-511-9739 or contact us online.