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Customized Exercise Programs Benefit Dementia Patients

Dementia affects 90% of the elderly care home residents, according to the latest statistics published in The Herald. As the number of elderly people with dementia increases, the demand for an effective treatment program also increases.

Unlike a specific disease, dementia is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms that can reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. It is caused by brain cell death. Symptoms of the condition can vary greatly and may include:

  • Memory loss
  • Impaired judgment
  • Loss of communication skills
  • Trouble finding the right words
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Gait and balance problems

Common types of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease.

According to a study by researchers at the University Of Arizona Department of Surgery, tailored exercise programs could help to provide an improved level of care for dementia patients. These programs are also expected to reduce fall risk, prevent loss of independence and increase the quality of life of patients with dementia.

Reliable rehabilitation centers provide therapeutic low-tech and high-tech rehabilitation programs that may include a shoulder wheel to increase shoulder movement, paraffin wax to reduce inflammation, therabands that offer low tech elastic resistance, an elliptical trainer, treadmill, stair stepper, cycles for lower and upper body and resistive weight machines for all muscles.

Neurology rehabilitation services are also provided for the problems associated with dementia. Diagnosis is made on the basis of a number of tests and procedures such as VENG, nerve conduction studies, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), MRI, and trigger point injections.

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