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Keeping Active with Dementia

  

We all need activities to make our life worth living. Activities relieve boredom and provide us with a sense of achievement and well being.

 

If activities become too difficult over time give some thought to how you can simplify them, or do them in stages. It may help to involve family and friends and you can enjoy the activity together. For example: going for a coffee, before doing the shopping together.

 

4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle

 

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The following examples may assist you and the person caring for you to enjoy positive activities, after all -life is worth living!

 

Exercise

The Centre for Physical Activity and Ageing believes that the body generally responds well to physical exercise and substantial improvements may be anticipated in heart and lung function, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and one's ability to respond to stimuli.

 

 

 

Some of the more noticeable changes when exercising may include:

  • Increased bone strength
  • Increased physical work capacity (one's ability to perform physical work)
  • Increased joint range of motion or flexibility
  • Improved sense of independence and well being
  • Increased muscular strength
  • Improved glucose regulation (very favourable for diabetics)
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Improved sleep patterns and levels of anxiety

 

This can be achieved by regular exercise such as walking and swimming

 

Walking, Swimming and Exercising

Walking and swimming provides a change of scenery and will give you lots to talk about. If you haven't exercised for a while, talk to your doctor before starting your exercise program.

 

Exercising to music is another way to stay fit, as well as being fun. Perhaps you, your family and/or friends enjoy dancing. Turn on the music and give it a go, after all dancing is a wonderful social activity!

 

Around the House

You can also get lots of exercise around the house. Keep doing your usual house and garden activities for as long as possible. It may help you to write reminder notes to help you remember to complete the tasks.

 

Examples may include:

  • Washing, drying and putting away the dishes
  • Washing your clothes
  • Hanging out your laundry
  • Folding the laundry and putting it away
  • Dusting the furniture
  • Sweeping the floors
  • Making the bed/s
  • Setting the table
  • Helping to prepare meals, this will often stimulate the appetite too

 

If you enjoy gardening, you might try sweeping the paths, planting and weeding. If you have difficulty with mobility, consider raised garden beds. Have fun and enjoy what nature has to offer!