VIDEO: Evidence Based Approach to Exercise Therapy for Patients with Dementia

About the Course:
Dementia is a degenerative disease that results in a loss of brain function, including significant limitations in memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior. Light to moderate exercise may benefit dementia patients by improving both symptoms and quality of life. The purpose of this course is to evaluate the evidence found in the literature on the advantages and applications of home-based exercise programs for patients with dementia. Several exercise modalities will be discussed as well as the effects of those programs on patients' endurance, balance, ADLs, cognitive function, and mood.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify Homeostasis and the role of the nervous system.
2. Recognize the branches of the human nervous system.
3. Name the three divisions of the human brain.
4. Recognize the primary causes of dementia
5. Identify the effects and manifestations of progressing dementia. 6. Recognize the literature findings for the impact of home-based exercise programs on cognitive function and the effect on mood swings in patients with dementia.
7. Identify the merits of employing video games in encouraging exercise among dementia patients

About the Author:
Jim began his career in health and wellness in 1992. He was first certified in Massage Therapy over 20 years ago. In his career he has worked with a spectrum of clients in community, athletic and rehabilitative settings. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Corrective Exercise Specialist, holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitative Science. He is licensed for massage therapy in NJ, where he maintains a practice in corrective exercise and bodywork. Jim has been a college instructor for 7 years and has constructed programs in Exercise Science and Massage Therapy for Cumberland County Colleges. Additionally he teaches in the Health and Exercise Department of Rowan University. He is an approved provider by the NCBTMB.