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Mobility | Doctor's Diary

Even though Alzheimer's disease is mostly a disorder of memory and thinking, it can also interfere with a person's mobility , especially as it progresses. People who have problems with mobility have a higher risk of falling, and falls can be a catastrophe for older people, especially if they break a hip.

I have seen many elderly people who seemed to have been managing reasonably well at home ('maybe a little slowed up') who then have a hip fracture, and never recover their prior mobility or brain function. The previously undetected mild dementia is both a risk for the fall, and a risk for the delirium that comes after the fall.



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