November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. About 10% of Americans over 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition damaging brain cells affecting how we speak, think, move, interact with others, and can lead to a decline in memory and ability to perform daily activities. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is yet unknown, CT scans, MRI, PET scans, and ultrasounds assist to help with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Your physical therapist may recognize early signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Physical therapy can help patients in different stages of Alzheimer’s. Your loved one may have trouble completing simple tasks, eating, bathing, toileting, and dressing, loss of strength and balance may occur and can lead to increased risk of falls. Physical therapists are in a great position to help people age well. Physical activity can improve brain function and memory, regular exercise may delay onset of Alzheimer’s disease in healthy older adults, and delay a decline in the ability to perform tasks by improving strength, balance, and walking ability. Physical therapists are movement experts! In early and middle stages of Alzheimer’s your therapist will help you or a loved one stay mobile and independent in their roles at home or in the community. In later stages, your therapist can help continue independence with daily activities for as long as possible. Physical therapists can help improve the safety of your home, improve quality of life, and teach care givers and family members how to improve safety and manage their loved ones needs. Call the clinic today to talk to your local Physical Therapist to see how we can help you or a loved one. For further information on Alzheimer’s disease click the link below.