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Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2019;48(3-4):172-179. doi: 10.1159/000505397. Epub 2020 Jan 31.

Why Not a Global Postural Reeducation as an Alternative Therapy Applied to Alzheimer's Patients in Nursing Homes? A Pioneer Randomized Controlled Trial.

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1
Health Sciences Department, Universidad Catolica de Murcia UCAM, Murcia, Spain, jasemin.todri@gmail.com.
2
Statistics Specialist Area. Economics Faculty, Universiteti Aleksander Xhuvani, Elbasan, Albania.
3
Health Sciences Department, Universidad Catolica de Murcia UCAM, Murcia, Spain.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The classical gymnastics has always given great importance to exercises of -rachis extension and abduction of the arms during deep inhalation to acquire a greater -thoracic capacity.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study is to organize the concentration and the self-limited capacity of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) thanks to the physical and -respiratory exercise modalities of global postural reeducation.

DESIGN:

A randomized controlled trial was conducted.

SETTING:

Nursing homes.

PARTICIPANTS:

Patients with probable AD diagnosis.

INTERVENTION:

The global postural reeducation method (GPR) was implemented for a total of 72 treatment sessionswith a frequency of 3 times a week, for 24 weeks consecutively.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The Neuropsychiatric Inventory, Mini Mental State Examination, Geriatric Depression Scale, Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease and Tinetti Scale and respiratory rate frequency (RSP/F) were applied.

RESULTS:

Ninety elderly people participated in this study, precisely 50 women and 40 men aged 67-92 years (mean age = 81.17, SD = 5.24). The therapy had a significant effect on the difference between groups in all the outcomes (p < 0.05 in all cases) with a large effect size with exception of the RSP/F (p > 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

This study demonstrated a very good tolerance rate on behalf of the significant results achieved.

KEYWORDS:

Alzheimer’s disease; Gymnastics; Posture; Reeducation; Respiration

PMID:
32007991
DOI:
10.1159/000505397

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