Exercises, even the simplest of the lot, have proven to be beneficial to anybody suffering from dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease. Here are some of the benefits:
» Improves the health of the heart and blood vessels, thereby reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease
» Reduces the risk of some types of cancer (particularly breast and colon cancer), stroke and type 2 diabetes
» Helps in maintaining strong muscles and flexible joints
» Improves cognition, sleep, confidence, mood as well as boosts one's self-esteem
» Providing opportunities for social interaction and reducing the feeling of isolation
However, special care has to be taken while performing certain exercises. These tips would be helpful:
» Upon receiving the doctor's consent, get the patient to begin an exercise routine that lasts for 10-minute sessions and work his or her way up.
» Make sure the person warms up before exercise and cools down after.
» Scan the workout space for any hazards, such as slippery floors, low lighting, throw rugs, and cords.
» In case the person has a hard time maintaining his/her balance, ensure that the person does so by using a grab bar or rail. Other options are to exercise on the bed rather than on the floor or an exercise mat.
» Stop the activity, in the case the patients feels sick while doing the exercise.
» Most importantly, help the person choose a hobby or activity he/she enjoys so she’ll stick with it. Some suggestions include gardening, walking, swimming, etc.