Rehabilitation and dementia in the era of elderly workers

Cira Fundarò, Roberto Casale

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Abstract

In recent years the worldwide scenario of health care has been progressively changing in the light of the ageing of the population and the increase in disability related to neurodegenerative disorders in older people. Disorders considered predominantly "geriatric", such as dementia, are now becoming more frequent among the still actively working population because of economic and assistential politics intervention. So the work of the occupational physician, the neurologist, the geriatrician and the rehabilitation specialist must overlap and combine in a unified diagnostic-therapeutic- rehabilitative process in the management of cognitive impairment in order to develop a global medical approach able to maintain physical functions at the higher possible level in this group of "working elders". The effect of physical activity on the functional ability of subjects with dementia showed some evidence of the efficacy of motor interventions in this group of subjects. General and specific rehabilitation strategies designed for the individual patient must be planned for the long-term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Ageing
  • Dementia
  • High complexity elderly patients
  • Specialised geriatric rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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