People with dementia who have problems with their mobility, balance, or strength will benefit from physiotherapy. Physiotherapy will increase your independence and sense of wellbeing by helping you stay active and prevent your risk of falling. Physiotherapy will promote mobility and everyday tasks making your life easier.
There are many types of dementia each with its own causes.
The most common include:
Alzheimer’s is caused by plaques that develop over time in the structure of the brain, leading to the death of brain cells. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, which means over time more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, the symptoms become more severe.
Vascular dementia is caused by disruption in blood supply to the brain through the vascular system which in turn causes brain cells to die leading to dementia.
Dementia with Lewy bodies shares characteristics with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and is caused by small proteins that form on the nerve cells in the brain disrupting memory and motor control. It can also cause changes in attention, such as tiredness and loss of speech, and motor symptoms such as rigidity and loss of spontaneous movement. This type of dementia is progressive which means the symptoms will become worse over time. Lewy body dementia can progress rapidly.
Fronto – temporal dementia caused by damage to the frontal lobe and/or the temporal parts of the brain which are responsible for our behaviour, emotional responses and language skills.
Koraskoff dementia associated with heavy alcohol drinking over a long period of time causing a lack of vitamin B1 and affecting the brain and nervous system.