Dementia Exercise Suggestions for Each Stage of the Disease
The many advantages of staying physically active are clear, but what is not as well known is that exercise can be extremely beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s disease, for a number of reasons: reducing the risk for muscle weakness and other issues that stem from inactivity, easing the effects of psychological and behavioral challenges, and much more.
As with anyone considering starting a new exercise routine, the doctor should first be consulted. Then, try these dementia exercise suggestions, utilizing the following strategies per each person’s individual abilities and the appropriate stage of the disease:
Older adults in the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease can often still fully enjoy active and social exercises like walking, dancing, bowling, golf, and swimming, even though some degree of oversight may be required. Over time, more supervision will likely be required as the disease progresses.
Middle to Later Stages
The middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s disease often include heightened levels of anxiety and confusion. As a result, any loud or overly-stimulating activities should be avoided. Repetitive activities, like pedaling on a stationary bike, walking, and even tasks like sorting laundry help to lower anxiety levels, as the senior does not need to make any decisions about the activity or try to remember what comes next.
In the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, toys are often helpful for encouraging hand-eye coordination. They are often brightly colored, easy to hold, and designed to stimulate the mind. Also, try stress balls or soft clay-like products, which can be squeezed to help strengthen the muscles in the hands.
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