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Exercises for people with dementia

Regular physical activity is the most effective way to maintain and improve both an individual's physical and mental health. Keeping physically fit and healthy can drastically reduce people's risk of serious conditions such as diabetes and heart failure. However, when affected by a disease such as dementia, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain keeping active.

Symptoms of dementia can include low self-esteem, increased anxiety, as well as reduced productivity and motivation. Although it may be difficult first to overcome these symptoms, people with dementia can find ways to become active - whether it's independently or with the support of a carer.

If you are concerned about a loved one's mental and physical health due to their lack of physical activity, here are a few tips to help a family member dealing with dementia keep active.

Aquatic Workouts

Workouts which are done in a pool are also known as buoyancy, which reduces the impact on bones and joints. Aquatic aerobics and swimming is a great alternative for those who struggle with their joints and require a bit of assistance. Aquatic workouts have also proven to help stimulate blood flow to the brain which can help improve the quality of sleep.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a less intensive form of yoga, which focuses on breathing, posture and light movement. Restorative yoga can improve your balance and flexibility, which can reduce the risk of falling over which can cause a lot of damage to an elderly person. If you or a loved one are dealing with dementia and require assistance with stability and mobility, chair yoga is a great alternative and can reduce the risk of a lower-body injury.

Walking

Walking is one of the most efficient types of exercises and does not require any specialist equipment. The amount of time and distance spent walking can cater to individuals who are capable of various fitness capacities. Local organisations and leisure centres often arrange group walks which are supported by a group leader. Group walks are also seen as a social activity and can improve one's both mental and physical health.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a relaxing and gentle form of martial arts which combines both simple physical movements and meditation. This exercise focuses on the individual's balance, muscle strength and health. There are many routines which focus on stability which can improve someone's agility and can reduce the risk of falling. There are also many classes to attend which can encourage someone dealing with dementia to get out of the house to be social and improve their mental health.

Dance Sessions

Dance fitness classes are a fantastic way for people dealing with dementia to get out, keep fit and socialise. Often in dance lessons, participants will need to remember different steps and routines, and occasionally dance with a partner. Dancing can be very sociable and great for the mind whilst also improving their strength, agility and flexibility.

If you or a loved one is suffering from dementia and are looking for some in-home care services, then contact Sova Healthcare today. Our team of experienced and qualified caregivers can offer compassionate home care, domiciliary care and assisted living. With offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Harrogate and Bradford, we can provide home care services across the West Midlands, East Midlands and Yorkshire Regions. Find out how Sova Healthcare can help you today!