Dementia is responsible for more years of living with disability than stroke, heart disease or musculoskeletal problems among older adults. Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease disturb important brain functions including: memory, thinking, the ability to learn and understand, calculation, and judgement. Over 750,000 people in the UK live with dementia, with two thirds living in their own homes.
Physiotherapy plays an essential role in promoting and maintaining mobility of people with dementia. Physiotherapists are able to assess a person’s physical limitations, as well as problems they may have with activities and their ability to participate as independently as possible in daily life. Importantly, there is scientific evidence that Physiotherapy activity programmes can reduce the risk of developing this condition and delay the progression of declining brain function with older age.
Physiotherapy-led exercise programmes are effective in preserving mobility, increasing quality of life and reducing burden of care. Consequently, the service that Active Health Physio provides is an effective healthcare option for individuals and carers, as well as rest homes with residents living with dementia.