Enrich Your Exercise Programs: Add a Cognitive Overlay

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Margaret lives in a nursing facility. She has dementia and believes that the doll in her room is a baby. Every day she dresses the baby, feeds it, fails to notice that the baby does not swallow the food pooling on the floor, and gets angry if caregivers fail to acknowledge the baby’s existence.

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Every practitioner who has ever worked with a patient suffering from neurocognitive decline has felt the urgent sense of uselessness. For a season, even physiotherapists gave up the ghost on the cost-effectiveness of skilled therapy when working with patients with dementia. ‘What good am I doing?’ we would whisper. ‘She can’t remember a thing I just showed her.’ It’s true. It is challenging to work with patients with cognitive decline. But there isn’t a therapist on the planet who wouldn’t think it worthwhile if research showed such exercises made an actual, measurable, significant difference. Well, guess what. They do.


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Andrea Salzman
Andrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992. Over the last two decades, she has held numerous prominent leadership roles in the physical therapy field, with a heavy emphasis on academic writing and administrative functions. Between 1995 and 1998, Salzman served as the Editor-in-Chief of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) journal. In 2010, Salzman received one of the highest honors given to a physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award. Between 2012 and the present, Salzman has written 12 physical therapy courses for Care2Learn, Relias Learning and reviewed over 100 other course offerings. Currently, Salzman continues in her writing, leadership and administrative roles at Aquatic Therapy University and 10K Health.
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Kerry Pittman
12 May 2022
Good introduction to the effect of exercise on cognitive decline.
Kaanmalar Asoghan
08 Oct 2021
Provides new information and enhances existing clinical knowledge.
Barbara Cullinan
09 Oct 2021
Simple and reinforcing.
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