Too many of us have seen the sad, steady march of Alzheimer's disease in friends or loved ones. The disease destroys memory and thinking ability. It also can destroy a person's ability to do some of life's basic everyday activities.
In this episode, physical therapist Jennifer Nash discusses how the physical effects of Alzheimer's can be addressed. She also shares the positive impact it can have on quality of life for patients and their caregivers.
How can people with advancing dementia benefit from physical therapy? Can regular exercise really improve memory in people with Alzheimer's? And can it help delay the start of some symptoms? Jennifer answers these questions and many more.
This "best of” episode first aired in 2019.
Jennifer Nash, PT, DPT, board-certified neurologic clinical specialist, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also treats patients with neurodegenerative diseases at Cleveland Clinic Lou Rouvo Center for Brain Health. She is a certified dementia practitioner, a certified exercise expert for aging adults, and a multiple sclerosis certified specialist. She is trained in Parkinson Wellness Recovery, Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson disease, and neurodevelopmental treatment for rehabilitation of stroke.