Exercise and Dementia

Exercise and Dementia

On average 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, a figure which will only continue to rise over future years. Dementia doesn’t just affect the individual; it impacts on their close relatives and friends and can have quite significant life changing effects.

Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, difficulty with thinking or finding the right words to use and frequent confusion. As dementia is a progressive condition, ultimately the decline cannot be prevented however the symptoms can be helped. There is clear evidence that Physiotherapy can help with maintaining a person’s mobility, balance and strength, all of which is important in terms of slowing down the rate of decline.

Physiotherapists are highly skilled in exercise provision and tailoring programmes to appropriately suit an individual’s needs. A chartered physiotherapist will be able to assess current mobility, balance, range of movement of specific joints and identify any co-existing problems which may be impacting on a person’s mobility.

Our team of physiotherapists at Lilliput Health are able to provide assessment and treatment of clients suffering with dementia either at one of our clinics or in the comfort of their own home. We can also help provide education to family and carers on how they can help continue with an exercise programme in between appointments.

If you would like any further information on how Physiotherapy can help people suffering with dementia please call the clinic on 01202 725090.