June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
The entire month of June is being recognized as Alzheimer’s and Brain awareness month. This month is dedicated to bringing awareness to this disease as well as ways to prevent or delay the symptoms. At Park Physical Therapy we want to help raise awareness during this month of June. Our physical therapist in Massapequa is knowledgeable on what the best ways are to help people suffering from this condition.
How does Alzheimer’s affect people?
Alzheimer’s can have a lot of serious effects on a person. It may just start out as forgetfulness of small things like misplacing keys or a phone. However, over time, the condition can progress to affect more than just short-term memory and begin to affect a person’s long-term memory. They might lose the ability to perform certain everyday tasks and have lapses in judgment and environment. The effects of this disease can be difficult to deal with, however staying physically active can offer a great deal of help.
How physical therapy can help:
- Participating in physical activity can help to improve and sharpen memory.
- Alzheimer’s will also affect your physical abilities like your balance. By working with a physical therapist you can strengthen and even improve your balance to help combat the symptoms.
- Regular physical activity can slow down the effects that Alzheimer’s has on a person
- A physical therapist will be able to provide exercises that require focus and concentration. This will help to strengthen memory as well as physical abilities.
- Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect the mind but also the body. By staying in a good physical condition, you will be able to prevent or delay some of the physical symptoms from occurring.
- Physical therapy can be challenging, which is good because it is mentally stimulating. When people face a challenging task it takes more brain power and focus to complete. This is great for people dealing with Alzheimer’s.
- Mirroring– this exercise involves the patient watching a physical therapist perform an exercise, and the patient then following along at the same time. This exercise can help to improve memory, specifically focus as well as physical skills.
- Completing tasks- in this technique, a physical therapist may give the patient a list of instruction to complete a certain task. This will help to improve a patient’s focus and short-term memory, decision-making skills, and motor skills. Our physical therapist in Massapequa is knowledgeable on what can work with you individually to make sure that your specific needs and goals are being met.
- Cueing- When performing this exercise the physical therapist will ask the patient to perform or follow certain verbal or visual clues. This can help to improve and strengthen the patient’s identification abilities as well as decision-making skills.
The month of June is Alzheimer’s and Brain awareness month. This month seeks to raise awareness for the signs and symptoms. As well as provide effective exercises for those going through the disease currently. At Park Physical Therapy our physical therapist in Massapequa can provide expert knowledge and exercises for people seeking ways to delay the effects of Alzheimer’s. Contact us here today for an appointment.
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
At Park Physical Therapy our physical therapist in Massapequa can provide expert knowledge and exercises for people seeking ways to delay the effects of Alzheimer’s.
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