There are clear benefits to physical fitness, but what is not as well known is that there are exercises for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia that can be especially helpful in many different ways. It can help lessen the risk for muscle weakness as well as other issues that stem from a sedentary lifestyle, can minimize the impact of psychological and behavioral changes, and more.
Just like anyone else who is determined to begin a new exercise program, a physician should be consulted before starting. Then, try incorporating more physical activity into each and every day for a senior loved one with dementia, implementing the following tips in accordance with each individual’s capabilities and the appropriate stage associated with the disease:
In the first stages of Alzheimer’s, seniors can enjoy relatively active and social exercises, including activities like golf, swimming, dancing, bowling, and walking, although some degree of guidance and oversight may be necessary. Over time, increased supervision will probably be required as the disease advances.
Middle to Late Stages
Seniors in the mid to later stages of Alzheimer’s disease often experience higher levels of confusion and anxiety. For that reason, avoid activities or exercises for seniors that are too loud or overly stimulating . Repetitious exercises, including indoor bicycling and walking, along with tasks like folding laundry, help to lessen anxiety levels as the senior does not have to make any judgments in regards to the activity or try to recall what to do next.
In the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, children’s toys and games may be well suited for promoting hand-eye coordination. These items are often vibrantly colored, easy to hold, and are intended to stimulate the brain. Additionally, stress balls or soft clay-like items can be squeezed to help strengthen the muscles in the hands.
Heaven at Home Senior Care’s professional care providers are well trained and experienced in innovative, respectful, and compassionate care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, and we are always on hand to help families improve wellness for the seniors they love. We are proficient in helping to effectively manage such overwhelming behaviors as sundowning, aggression, wandering, and more, and can offer overnight respite care to allow family caregivers to get a peaceful night’s sleep while knowing their senior loved one is secure and safe.
Reach out to us online at (940) 380-0500 to learn more about our professional in-home dementia care, or to request further tips and resources specific to the challenges you are facing. We’re pleased to offer Plano Alzheimer’s home care and care in the surrounding communities that helps keep older adults with dementia safe at home.