Alzheimer's puts you off balance


About the research

Alzheimer's not only affects memory, but also balance and orientation. Joyce Bosmans (UAntwerpen) tested the balance of both healthy older people, people with advanced Alzheimer's and everything in between. What emerged? "People with Alzheimer's not only move more slowly, but also more unsafely." Thus, they have a higher risk of falling, and thus more chance of bone fractures, than their healthy peers. "We need to refer Alzheimer's patients to physiotherapists more quickly. Because Alzheimer's unfortunately cannot be cured yet, but we can already train balance."    

Joyce Bosmans

How does the brain work? And most importantly, how does the brain work when something goes wrong? How people behave when something malfunctions in their brain fascinated Joyce Bosmans to study psychology. The combination of human contact and scientific research was right up her alley, so in her PhD she invited several people (including people with Alzheimer's disease) to take a closer look at both their cognition and balance.

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