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How can a physical therapist help someone with Alzheimer's disease?
Physical therapists (PTs) are healthcare professionals who help people improve their movement and manage pain. They can provide a variety of services to individuals with Alzheimer's disease, including:
Improving mobility: PTs can help individuals with Alzheimer's disease maintain or improve their mobility and functional abilities, such as walking, standing, and transferring in and out of bed.
Managing falls: PTs can assess an individual's risk of falling and develop a plan to prevent falls from occurring. This may include providing balance and strength training exercises and recommending assistive devices, such as a cane or walker.
Reducing pain: PTs can help individuals with Alzheimer's disease manage pain related to their condition or other health problems. They may use techniques such as therapeutic exercise, massage, or hot and cold packs to help reduce pain.
Providing education: PTs can provide education and training to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers about ways to manage mobility and function at home. This may include information about assistive devices, home safety, and exercise programs.
It's important to note that physical therapy should be tailored to the individual's needs and goals. A PT will work with the individual and their caregivers to develop a treatment plan that is appropriate for their specific situation. Physical therapists will often work in conjunction with your neurologist, primary care provider, and other specialties.