Kent Myers, M.D.

Associate Professor

Midwestern University
College of Health Sciences and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Director, Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine
Co-chairman, Department of Medicine, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Glendale Hall 328-20
19555 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308

Office: (623) 572-3456
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B.S. Physical Science Colorado State University 1971
M.D. Medicine University of Utah 1975


Alzheimer's disease and Halliwickian Aquatic Therapy.   A patient of mine with known severe Alzheimer's dementia was given a trial of Halliwickian Aquatic Therapy after being found incapable of cooperating with physical therapy prescribed in an attempt to ease caregiver burden with transfers and other basic activities of daily living.  His affect, cognitive skills, communication skills and MMSE scores improved abruptly and markedly when he was in the water during Aquatic Therapy, and even persisted for several hours after therapy.  My group published this case report as noted below.   

Project I: To develop a proof of concept study to document the effects of Halliwickian Aquatic Therapy on a small group of individuals with Alzheimer's dementia.  If Aquatic Therapy appears to be successful for the group, a further study comparing Aquatic Therapy to land based physical therapy would be proposed.  

Selected Publications

Frequency of Alzheimer's disease pathology at autopsy in patients with clinical normal pressure hydrocephalus.
Cabral D, Beach TG, Vedders L, Sue LI, Jacobson S, Myers K, Sabbagh MN.Alzheimers Dement. 2011 Sep;7(5):509-13

Probable early-onset Alzheimer's disease in an apolipoprotein E2 homozygote.
Cole L, Belden C, Jacobson S, Liebsack C, Myers K, Reninger C, Berk C, Sabbagh MN.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2010;30(5):387-91

Myers KW, Capek D, Shill H & Sabbagh M. (2013) Aquatic Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease. Annals of Long Term Care 21 (5):36-41.