Safe & Effective Exercises for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

May 15, 2019 | BY PHS Staff

exercises suited for seniors with Alzheimer’s

Living an active lifestyle is more important than ever for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease. Many people are aware that exercise can help reduce the risk of this disease, but some people are unaware that exercise is also very effective in reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Exercising on a daily basis can actually slow cognitive deterioration in those who already started to develop cognitive issues, according to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation.

Exercise is Therapeutic

At Preferred HealthStaff, we strongly believe regular exercise can improve the overall health and well-being of people with Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent study, it was discovered that exercising has a positive impact on Alzheimer’s patients brains.

Currently, there are no medications on the market that can mimic the positive effects exercise has on the brain, according to researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

In the study, participants with mild cognitive impairment were assigned to exercise at community gyms where they would do 60 minutes of supervised stretching or aerobic exercise four times weekly for 6 months.

At the end of the study, the participants experienced improved blood flow in the memory and processing centers of their brains. Additionally, they had measurable improvement in their ability to organize, planning, and attention.

So, if you have a loved one at the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, he/she will benefit greatly from exercising regularly. The following are exercises that are known to help reduce the progression of this disease.

Walking

Whether a person takes an early morning walk in the park, joins a mall walk group or walks on a treadmill—walking daily is beneficial for one’s overall health. The ideal amount of time spent walking should be at least 30-45 minutes. The individual should walk fast enough (at his/her own pace) to produce sweat.

It is highly recommended to have an exercise tracking device, such as a Fitbit or an exercise phone app to keep track of the walker’s exercise sessions. Plus, it gives a person a sense of accomplishment.

Just make sure your loved one is supervised if they are walking outdoors. We provide wellness care for the elderly for clients throughout the Gettysburg region, and our support includes accompanying your loved one on his/her daily walks.

When your loved one walks with a Preferred HealthStaff home care worker it will be like walking with a friend rather than someone who is hired just to supervise.

Stationary Bike Riding

People with Alzheimer’s can greatly benefit from engaging in stationary bike rides regularly. Exercises that require repetitive movements get the muscles moving and the heart pumping. As a result, it slows down mental decline and enhances the memory, according to medical experts. Plus, it helps them to sleep better at night and to be more alert during the day.

Repetitive exercises, such as indoor bicycling can also lower anxiety in people with Alzheimer’s because it doesn’t require them to make decisions or remember what to do next, according to WebMD.

Weight Training

Walking is great, but an exercise regimen should also include lifting weights at least 3 or more times a week – with a supervised spotter.

Weight training not only helps prevent bone loss, it has been linked to positive cognitive improvements in several medical studies with senior citizens.

Chair Yoga

Yoga has proven to be an effective exercise for people with Alzheimer’s. However, people with this disease often have trouble maintaining their balance.

Chair yoga resolves this common problem by helping one improve his/her balance. This effective form of yoga also improves coordination, balance, flexibility, relaxation and balance.

Going Beyond Traditional Home Care

When you choose Preferred HealthStaff’s elderly care services, you’ll find that we take the health and wellness of our clients seriously. To learn how we can better serve your loved one, feel free to give us a call for a consultation at:(866) 943-9731 or you may also contact us today.