Enhancing Physical Activity Recommendations to Support Cognition in Homecare

The increasing prevalence of cognitive impairment among older adults necessitates prevention strategies to alter the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Physical activity, proven to slow dementia progression and prevent mild cognitive impairment from advancing, is a key recommendation. Occupational therapists (OTs) and physiotherapists (PTs) in home and community healthcare can effectively promote physical activity but need more training and awareness. A quality improvement project demonstrated that education and handouts significantly increased PTs’ and OTs’ patient education efforts regarding physical activity’s benefits for cognitive health, broadening the scope and individualisation of their recommendations.

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