Since we are all now aware that the cerebellum is located just above the brain stem and toward the back of the brain, we should all then realize that in this position the cerebellum should be relatively well protected from getting damaged. Of course this is comparison to the frontal and temporal lobes of our brains – and the brain stem. It is certainly possible for it to happen, however.
If your client has experienced some sort of cerebellar injury, remember that it could result in slower, less coordinated movements. They may even tend to sway and stagger when they walk.
According to the website http://www.neuroskills.com/brain-injury/cerebellum.php, a damaged cerebellum can lead to the following issues that your client may experience:
- Asynergia or the loss of coordination of their motor movements;
- Dysmetria or the inability to judge distance or when to stop;
- Adiadochokinesia, the inability to perform rapid alternating movements;
- Intention Tremors, also called movement tremors;
- Ataxic Gait, a sort of staggering, or wide-based walking;
- A tendency to fall a lot;
- Hypotonia, weak muscles;
- Ataxic Dysarthria, slurred speech; and, last but certainly not least,
- Nystagmus or abnormal eye movements.
While all of this may seem to be a bit overcoming, it is good to realize for caregivers all of the effects that a damaged cerebellum may have on the person that they care for. It is a way for elderly caregivers to show that With Age Come Respect.