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Fitness for People with Alzheimer’s

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes

Assisted Living and Memory Support

It’s common knowledge that exercise is an integral part of maintaining a healthy body and active mind. But how does physical fitness differ for someone living with Alzheimer’s? According to Science Daily, “physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain – an area that controls memory, learning and balance.” Below are a few great ways for people with Alzheimer’s to stay moving.

  • Dance – Dancing is one of the best forms of exercise for those suffering from memory loss, as it has the ability to transport the mind (and the body) back in time, lifting spirits and reviving positive emotions. Dancing also engages key motor skills, providing challenges to recount steps and think about their movements.
  • Tai Chi – Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi (also known as Shadow Boxing) is a gentle activity, perfectly suited for all ages. According to the Tai Chi for Health Institute, “the essential principles include mind integrated with the body; control of movements and breathing; generating internal energy and mindfulness.” Tai Chi has been proven to lower blood pressure, improve cognition and reduce stress.
  • Walking – It seems so simple … and it is! Getting in a daily walk is very beneficial – and according to The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, walking outdoors “offers a bigger challenge” and a greater reward than walking indoors. Professional trainer and author Tina Vindum says, “From a physiological standpoint, we pull in more muscle fibers when we’re outdoors versus a flat gym floor or a treadmill.” Not to mention, walking outdoors allows your loved one to get fresh air and enjoy nature.

At The Cabana, we have an on-site Alzheimer’s Disease Approved Trainer who works closely with our residents to create customized programs suited to improving their lives, while also assessing personal limitations. To learn more about our programs, give us a call at 772-332-1000.