Great for getting the joints and muscles ready
Light movements, such as walking or some gentle stretches.
Trouble Balancing? Warm-up in a chair
Cross your legs and rotate your ankles 10 times in each direction
DONT Forget: Clear away anything that might make you trip
- Dog Toy
- Electic cords
An Ancient Martial Art
help a person think more clearly and bolster his or her memory
improve balance and strength, too!
Tai chi involves a series of gentle exercises and stretches
classes are common at senior centers, rec departments, and gyms that are senior-friendly.
Gardening,Keep a Green Thumb
Time tending a garden can soothe stress and lower blood pressure
Gardening a great way to stay active outside.
Stimulate the Senses
Can Add to a Sense Purpose
Rich Source of Memories for people who Love Plants
Hit the Pool with some Water Aerobics
Great Choice that Good for the Joints and Can be Relaxing
Its Good for the Heart
The Water Resistance Builds Strength
The classes are Social
Find Peace of Mind
Researchers at UCLA found that people who did yoga for 3 months had better memories
Yoga Eases Stress and Boost Strength and Flexibility
Makes you less Depressed, Stressed, and Anxious
Walking a Dog
To keep it fun, bring a buddy, take the dog, or listen to music.
Those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s should be able to walk longer than those in later stages.
A daily jaunt is a great way to add structure and routine to a person’s life.
Walking helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, among other conditions
Impoves Memory and Thinking Skills
Aerobic exercise boosts blood flow to the parts of the brain that deal with memory.
Anything that makes the heart beat faster counts.
ases depression and anxiety and improves mood.
For those in the later stages, something as simple as dancing can still make a difference.
Even if Your Loved One has a hard time moving they can still Exercise
The Key is to get Creative
A person can do all sorts of exercises while sitting down.
She can fold her arms and twist her upper body.
She can do arm raises and leg stretches.
And she can push against the chair with their hands.
Some people like to punch the air to the beat of their favorite tune, too.
Just how much activity should someone with Alzheimer’s get? It depends on the person and what stage of the disease they're in. Check with your loved one’s doctor first, since they have a serious medical condition. Chances are, the doctor will be all for it. Start aslowly, with 10-minute sessions at most. Make it something fun, and don’t overdo it.
Where to Go
There are a lot of places to work out. There are gyms, of course. Yet many community and senior centers provide organized workout sessions that include tai chi, dance, lawn bowling, and even swimming and water aerobics. Your loved one can also work out at home. Movement is the goal -- wherever, whenever.
Yes, You Can!!
Living an active lifestyle is good for everyone, including people with Alzheimer’s disease. Although exercise won’t cure the disease, it can improve a person’s mood, confidence, and self-esteem. It can also lower the risk of heart disease, some forms of cancer, and other ailments. Many activities are low-impact (which means they’re easy on your joints) and low-intensity (not too hard). They’re fun, too!
Why It Matters
Staying active is good for everyone, including people with Alzheimer's. It might slow down the disease while improving memory and mood, a 6-year-long study shows. It especially helps those in the middle stages of the disease live more independent lives. People who exercise regularly are less stressed, anxious, and depressed. Even in later stages of the disease, stronger muscles can help someone do more for themselves.
Stick with It
It happens -- life gets in the way, especially when there's a major medical condition to take care of. So give it a few weeks and a new routine can become a habit. Set realistic goals. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. If that's not possible because of Alzheimer’s, remember that some activity is better than none.