Keep fit with an exercise program – Alzheimer’s News Today

Caregiving is tough, so if you’re a caregiver and haven’t started an exercise routine, don’t put it off. Better yet, introduce your loved one to an exercise program as well.

No one needs another reminder of the benefits of exercise – they’re as common as TV commercials for storage bins at the start of the New Year. However, in this last week of January, I would like to encourage caregivers to get in shape and help loved ones engage in a fitness program as much as their physical and cognitive limitations allow.

Caregivers must perform activities that require strength every day, especially if the person they are caring for is bedridden or has physical limitations that prevent them from getting into bed and getting up, getting up from a chair or walk unaided. A strong core will support caregivers as they participate in these tasks.

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Keeping fit and helping the care recipient to look their best will lead to fewer accidents, such as a fall at home.

It helps, of course, if a patient or loved one has some core strength. If they had a healthy lifestyle before a diagnosis of dementia, for example, and exercised regularly, it may be easier to convince them to stay physically strong by involving them in an exercise routine. daily.

But it’s easy for people with Alzheimer’s disease, even in the early stages, to become complacent about exercise and other activities they once enjoyed. Convincing them to move can be difficult. Someone who loses interest in what once turned them on is a symptom of the disease.

Also, older people may find it easier to sit and do nothing since their bones and muscles are sore from aging. As with Alzheimer’s disease, there is a link between age and osteoarthritis, the most common form of “wear and tear” arthritis, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the majority of people who are diagnosed with arthritis are under the age of 65, the risk of being diagnosed with the disease increases with age. So while age isn’t the only contributing factor, almost 50% of people over 65 report “doctor-diagnosed” arthritis.

Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the hands, knees and hips. It’s no wonder, then, that someone with the disease avoids working painful and swollen joints.

But caregivers shouldn’t give them a pass. Caregivers should speak with their healthcare provider or have a physical therapist assess a patient or loved one’s condition before beginning an exercise program.

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