An Experimental Pilot Study of Global Postural Reeducation Concerning the Cognitive Approach of Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease

American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease &Other Dementias®, Ahead of Print.
Background:Several recent studies have examined the positive effects of physical exercise and equilibrium on individuals with neurodegenerative diseases.Objectives:In this sense, this study based on an experimental design, tested whether global postural reeducation (GPR) can affect equilibrium and cognition, life quality, and psychological symptoms of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).Methods:One hundred thirty-five participants with mild and moderate AD diagnosis were assigned to 2 groups: experimental group (EG, n = 90) and control group (CG, n = 45). The GPR therapy was implemented in the EG for 6 months, while both groups underwent neuropsychological assessments prior and after the 6-month period.Results:According to the repeated measures of analysis of variance, significant differences between groups were found at the 6-month follow-up period, in benefit of the EG such as Mini-Mental State Examination (P = .000), Geriatric Depression Scale (P = .000), Neuropsychiatric Inventory (P = .000), quality of life in AD/patient (P = .000), quality of life in AD/caregivers (P = .000), Barthel index (P = .000), and Tinetti Scale (P = .000), while the CG showed a low performance in the neuropsychological tests.Conclusions:We suggest that GPR is a therapeutic option, which can improve the psychological, physical, and cognitive aspects of patients with AD.An Experimental Pilot Study of Global Postural Reeducation Concerning the Cognitive Approach of Patients With Alzheimer’s DiseaseAn Experimental Pilot Study of Global Postural Reeducation Concerning the Cognitive Approach of Patients With Alzheimer’s DiseaseAlzheimers{$excerpt:n}