Wednesday Workshop – Exercise and Physical Activity for People with Alzheimer’s
Hello and welcome to today’s Wednesday Workshop. Being active and getting in regular exercise helps people, especially with Alzheimer’s disease, feel better. Exercise helps keep muscles, joints, and your heart in good shape. It also helps people stay at a healthy weight and have regular toilet and sleep habits, which can inadvertently benefit the caregiver.
You want your loved one to do as much as possible on their own. At the same time, you also need to make sure that your loved one is safe when active.
Here are some tips for helping your loved one stay active:
- Talk a walk together every day. Exercise is good for caregivers too!
- Make sure your loved one has an ID bracelet with your phone number in case they get lost.
- Check your TV guide to see if there is a program dedicated to help older adult exercise.
- Add music to the exercises if it helps. Dancing can provide fun physical activity.
- Watch exercise videos/DVD’s.
- Simple tasks around the house like sweeping and cleaning are forms of exercise.
- Make sure your loved one wears comfortable clothes and shoes that fit well and are made for exercise.
- Use stretch bands for resistance training but be sure to follow the instructions.
- Try a stationary bike for rainy days.
- Make sure your loved one drinks enough water before, during and after the exercise.
For additional tips on exercise and physical activity for your loved one
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!