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Maintaining and improving physical function in dementia

Callisaya, ML ORCID: 0000-0003-2122-1622, Hunter, SW and Montero-Odasso, M 2021 , 'Maintaining and improving physical function in dementia', in L-F Low and K Laver (eds.), Dementia Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations , Academic Press, United Kingdom, pp. 57-79.

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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 Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Callisaya, ML and Hunter, SW and Montero-Odasso, M
Keywords: strength, balance, gait, physical function, nonpharmacological, pharmacological falls
Publisher: Academic Press
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