Take an Active Fight Against Alzheimer's

Warm Up

two older people sit on a mat stretching

Great for getting the joints and muscles ready

An Ancient Martial Art

a mature woman in a karate uniform throws a karate chop

help a person think more clearly and bolster his or her memory

Gardening,Keep a Green Thumb

a grandma sits at a flower bed hugging her grandchild who holds a picked flower

Time tending a garden can soothe stress and lower blood pressure

Hit the Pool with some Water Aerobics

grandma up to her ears in the pool wearing a smile and a swimming cap

Great Choice that Good for the Joints and Can be Relaxing

Find Peace of Mind

a group of seniors sitting in the floor doing yoga

Researchers at UCLA found that people who did yoga for 3 months had better memories

Walking a Dog

two seniors enjoy a walk on top of a mountain with there little dog

To keep it fun, bring a buddy, take the dog, or listen to music.

Aerobic exercise boosts blood flow to the parts of the brain that deal with memory.

a senior couple enjoy a bike ride down there neighborhood

Anything that makes the heart beat faster counts.

Chiar Exercises

a group of seniors sit in a circle doing yoga in their chairs

Even if Your Loved One has a hard time moving they can still Exercise

Getting Started

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.