2017, Number 2
Rev Mex Neuroci 2017; 18 (2)
Lerma-Castaño PR, García-Parada BR, López-Roa LM
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ABSTRACTAlzheimer dementia is the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases around the world, according to the World Health Organization is one of the most important challenges for the public health. This type of dementia occur with neurological deficits with higher cortical functions and impact all the activities daily life. The objective of this study was to review the contribution of physiotherapy in the treatment of Alzheimer disease in the last ten years. A search of the online literature was conducted using Database: PubMed, EBSCOhost, Scielo, Redalyc, ScienceDirect, Dialnet, Springer link, Embase, PEDro. The search terms that were used, using the MesH and DECS descriptors. Search criteria established by the authors were articles with longitudinal designs, clinical trials, systematic reviews with/without meta-analysis where the effects of physiotherapy (techniques, methods, etc.) applied individually or together, enrolling patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, published in English or Spanish regardless of sex or age. In all, 38 studies were included, physical activity intervention programs were the most effectiveness and significant improvements in cognitive and motor abnormalities rehabilitation. This studies should be considered in programs for Alzheimer´s disease.