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Role of the physiotherapist in the management of dementia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Susan Lord, Professor Lynn RochesterORCiD


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© 2017 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Physiotherapy (and exercise) plays a key role in preservation of movement in people with cognitive impairment and dementia, with evidence to suggest that exercise may also be protective of future decline in memory. Over the past decade, understanding of the role of cognition in motor control has increased with consequences for independent and safe mobility and this knowledge provides a strong rationale for physiotherapy intervention. Recognition of the trajectory of cognitive impairment assists in understanding the role of physiotherapy across the continuum, which is adapted to suit personal factors such as age, ethnicity, preexisting comorbidities and environment - all of which may act as barriers or facilitators for the patient.

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Author(s): Lord S, Rochester L

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Dementia

Year: 2017

Pages: 220-228

Print publication date: 02/02/2017

Online publication date: 24/02/2017

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Edition: 5th

Publisher: CRC Press

Place Published: Boca Raton, FL, USA


DOI: 10.1201/9781315381572

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781498703116