What is this article about?
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.