The Best of PT Toolkit Resources – Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

by Cheryl Hall on July 2nd, 2016

Image-AlzheimerOver the course of my career I became passionate about caring for the elderly especially those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.    I have compiled some of the most useful resources that I have posted over the last couple of years in one handy article.

The Physical Therapy Toolkit includes 3 related treatment guides. Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease, Mid Stage Alzheimer’s Disease and Late Stage Alzheimer’s Disease.


Cheryl Hall, OT
Author and Illustrator
Physical Therapy Toolkit

Alzheimer’s Disease – Articles From January 2010 to present
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Official Journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Behavior Disorders of Dementia: Recognition and Treatment
American Family Physician. 2006

Guidelines for Managing Alzheimer’s Disease
American Family Physician. 2002
Part I. Assessment Article

Part II. Treatment Article

Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
National Institute on Aging

An essential primer on Alzheimer’s disease, this 80-page publication describes how the brain works and how it changes with age in healthy people and people with Alzheimer’s. Research on causes, diagnosis, prevention, potential treatments, and caregiver support is summarized. Look for full-color illustrations, a glossary, and a list of resources.

Acute Hospitalization and Alzheimer’s Disease – A Special Kind of Care
National Institute on Aging

A new environment filled with strange sights, odors and sounds, a change in the daily routine, medications and tests, and the disease process itself can all be factors that increase confusion, anxiety and agitation in a hospitalized individual with Alzheimer’s disease.

Assessment and Scoring of Higher Functioning Patients

Using the LACLS and Routine Task Inventory

Middle Stage Dementia

Learning to Identify Allen Level 3 Modes in Functional Activities

Evaluating Driving Risk in Patients with Dementia
The Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology

Driving: Recognizing Trouble Ahead
Video Caregiving

An analysis of what makes people with Alzheimer’s unsafe drivers.

Communicating with Those Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease
Video Caregiving

Tactics and strategies for successfully communicating with Alzheimer’s patients

  • About Me

    Cheryl Hall
    Occupational Therapist
    Maryland, United States

    Welcome to a site devoted to sharing experience, knowledge and resources to make your job of being a great therapist a lot easier.

    I have been a clinician for 30 years. I attended San Jose State University and studied Occupational Therapy, Early Child Development and Gerontology. My passion is home health, but I have also worked with adults and children in acute and sub-acute rehab, out-patient hand therapy, transitional living for TBI and hospital-based outpatient.

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