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Exercising with Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias

Being active and getting exercise may help people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias maintain a healthy weight and have regular toilet and sleep habits. If you are a caregiver to a person with dementia, consider exercising together to make it more fun and help maintain your own physical and emotional health.

Check out these tips for helping a person with dementia stay active:

  • Make sure he or she wears comfortable clothes and shoes that fit well and are made for exercise.
  • Be realistic about how much activity can be done at one time. Several short “mini-workouts” may be best.
  • Consider using exercise videos to guide you.
  • Use soft rubber exercise balls or balloons for stretching or throwing back and forth.
  • Do simple tasks around the home, such as sweeping and dusting.

Find out more about staying active with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias on NIA’s website.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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