Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, in which the brain cells are progressively destroyed. This causes loss of cognition, memory and physical function, with a progressive decline in an individual's quality of life.
Our older generation are most at risk and it is the leading cause of dementia. In Australia there are approximately over 330,000 suffering from dementia and this number is expected to grow.
The risk factors associated with Alzheimer's disease are largely associated with reduced physical activity, age, family history and chronic disease risk factors. Thus, with research is has been suggested that exercise can help prevent or delay Alzheimer's disease. Exercise can be used as a 'medicine' by slowing the progression of AD in people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. By starting or maintaining with exercise in the AD population we are improving physical and mental function, slowing or reversing muscle wasting and improve mood/depression, which will lead to an increased quality of life.
Below are some of the key things that our Exercise Physiologists will implement with their AD clients:
The goals of a function restoration program are to maintain or increase muscle mass and strength, decrease risk factors (including chronic disease and falls), provide socially engaging environment.
Our team of Exercise Physiologists are available and ready to assist you. Call us on 9783 9990 or book online and begin your program.