Dysfunctions associated with dementia and their treatment

Roksana Malak 1, Anna Kostiukow 1, Agnieszka Krawczyk - Wasielewska 1, Przemek Keczmer 1, Ewa Mojs 2, Katarzyna Głodowska 3, Włodzimierz Samborski 1
1 - Department of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Orthopedic­Rehabilitation Clinical Hospital (ORSK), Poland
2 - Department of Clinical Psychology, Poznan University of Medical Science, Poland
3 - Department of Social Sciences, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med
2014; 21 (4):
ICID: 1129934
Article type: Review article
 
 
International UnderstAID project shows the role of physiotherapist in patients with dementia as divided into two branches: helping to resolve the physical problems and solving the problems related to dementia. The role of physiotherapist in dementia treatment may be divided into two branches: helping to resolve the physical problems and solving the problems related to dementia. The physical problems consider such aspects as musculoskeletal disorders, mobility dysfunction and pain. Referring to musculoskeletal problems, the interventions of physical therapists should included whole-body progressive resistance exercise training, strengthening, “range-of-motion” and stretching exercises and transfer training. Mobility disorders are associated with physical symptoms such as: rigidity, balance problem, shuffling gait. Decreased mobility can be based on unrelieved pain. These are some crucial scales which are designed to detected the pain. For instance, The Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, massage or exercises can be provide to reduce the pain in patients with dementia. Physiotherapy in dementia treatment influences not only physical functions but also the maintenance or progression of cognitive abilities of demented elderly subjects
DOI: 10.5604/12321966.1129934
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