Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
TEIXEIRA, Ilka Nicéia D'Aquino Oliveira. Cortical aging and neural reorganization following cerebral vascular accident (CVA): implications for rehabilitation. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl.2, pp.2171-2178. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000900022.
This article presents a synthesis on aging of the human cerebral cortex, and also a review of the approaches to motor control rehabilitation following a cerebral vascular accident (CVA). Throughout the discussion on the clinical implications, the author advises the rehabilitation professionals to encourage older patients perform their activities of daily living (ADL) using both upper extremities, rather than reinforcing the use of the unaffected upper extremity.
Keywords : Health of the elderly; Nervous system; Cerebral vascular accident; Rehabilitation; Neuronal plasticity.