Myers (2013) Aquatic therapy and Alzheimers disease

Introduction to Aquatic Therapy

The document begins by outlining the concept of aquatic therapy and its relevance in treating various conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease. It emphasizes the therapeutic benefits of water, such as buoyancy and resistance, which can aid in physical rehabilitation and cognitive stimulation.

Case Study Overview

A detailed case study of an 89-year-old Alzheimer’s patient is presented, highlighting the individual’s condition before undergoing aquatic therapy. The patient’s initial challenges, including limited mobility and cognitive impairments, set the stage for understanding the therapy’s impact.

Aquatic Therapy Program

The therapy program, designed specifically for the Alzheimer’s patient, is discussed, including the exercises and activities performed in a water-based environment. The approach is tailored to address the patient’s unique needs, focusing on improving both physical and cognitive functions.

Outcomes and Improvements

Significant improvements observed in the patient post-therapy are described, showcasing the effectiveness of aquatic therapy. Enhancements in mobility, cognitive function, and overall well-being are highlighted, illustrating the potential benefits for Alzheimer’s patients.

Conclusions and Implications

The document concludes with a discussion on the broader implications of aquatic therapy for Alzheimer’s care. It suggests that such therapeutic interventions can offer meaningful improvements in the quality of life for patients, advocating for further research and integration into treatment plans.

Keyphrase: Aquatic Therapy Benefits for Alzheimer’s patients

Keywords: aquatic therapy, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cognitive improvement, motor skills

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Abstract: Aquatic therapy (AT) has been used for decades to provide physical therapy for patients with lower extremity deformities. Recently, investigators also have shown potential benefits for patients with neurological conditions, such as balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and post-stroke effects. This case report documents a patient with severe Alzheimer’s disease who responded well to Halliwick-concept AT, and both subjective and objective evidence is presented to document his improvement. This case suggests a need to further investigate the potential of AT to improve the quality of life of patients with dementia. Key words: Aquatic therapy, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, activities of daily living. Citation: Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. 2013;21(5):36-41.