WITH THE AGING OF THE BABY BOOMERS AND NUMBER OF OLDER ADULTS INCREASING, ONE OF THE PATHOLOGIES ASSOCIATED WITH AGING IS DEMENTIA. DEMENTIA IS A GROUP OF DISEASES THAT CAUSE DECLINE IN A PERSON'S COGNITIVE ABILITIES AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING, RESULTING IN LOSS OF ABILITY TO THINK, REASON, AND MANAGE LIFE. INCREASING NUMBERS OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS WILL BE WORKING WITH OLDER ADULTS WHO HAVE SOME FORM OF DEMENTIA WITHIN THEIR CAREERS. TO EFFECTIVELY WORK WITH THESE AGING ADULTS WITH DEMENTIA, PROFESSIONALS MUST UNDERSTAND THE DISEASE PROCESS, COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DEMENTIA, AND THE IMPACT OF EXERCISE.
1Physical Therapy Program, College of Health Care Science, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
2Nova Southeastern University Counseling Center for Older Adults, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and
3Geriatric Clinical Services, Health Professions Division and
4Department of Geriatrics, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Shari Rone-Adams is associate professor and the director of the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University.
Debra F. Stern is associate professor and director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University.
Traci W. Olivier is a clinical psychology doctoral student (neuropsychology concentration) at Nova Southeastern University's Center for Psychological Studies who is currently serving as co-coordinator of the Nova Southeastern University Counseling Center for Older Adults.
Michelle Gagnon Blodgett is a clinical psychologist specializing in geropsychology whose roles at Nova Southeastern University include Coordinator of Geriatric Clinical Services and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Geriatrics, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director of the Nova Southeastern University Counseling Center for Older Adults, and adjunct faculty in the Center for Psychological Studies.