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Maintaining and improving physical function in dementia


Callisaya, ML and Hunter, SW and Montero-Odasso, M, Maintaining and improving physical function in dementia, Dementia Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations, Academic Press, L-F Low and K Laver (ed), pp. 57-79. ISBN 978-0-12-818685-5 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-818685-5.00004-0


It is now recognized that physical functioning is affected in people living with dementia. Impairments include poorer reaction time, weaker muscle strength, reduced coordination, and impaired balance. Along with cognitive impairment, physical impairments contribute to increased risk of adverse events such as falls and fractures. This chapter outlines the common physical impairments found in people living with dementia, as well as evidence for treatments to maintain or improve physical function and prevent falls, in both community and residential settings. This includes both nonpharmacological interventions and pharmacological interventions. Considerations for adapting programs for people with dementia are described and include modification of instructions, the environment, and the form of exercise.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:strength, balance, gait, physical function, nonpharmacological, pharmacological falls
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences
UTAS Author:Callisaya, ML (Dr Michele Callisaya)
ID Code:145568
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-07-27
Last Modified:2021-07-27

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