Physical therapy can be every bit as important as mental activity for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Late in the disease, people tend to lose the ability to perform simple daily tasks and eventually even the ability to walk. Keeping the body moving also keeps the brain active and forestalls the loss of function.
Many physical therapists will help Alzheimer’s patients to move their bodies in an effort to keep their brain active. Complex movements, such as raising both the left arm and the right foot at the same time help to develop new brain connections and stimulate the brain in new ways.