Exercise is good for everyone, and it’s especially important for people with Alzheimer’s disease. It won’t cure the condition, but it can help ease some of its symptoms.
Exercise helps people sleep better and feel more alert during the day, so it can promote a normal day-and-night routine for people with Alzheimer’s. It also can improve mood. Repetitive exercises such as walking, indoor bicycling, and even tasks such as folding laundry may lower anxiety in people with the disease because they don't have to make decisions or remember what to do next. They also can feel good knowing that they’ve accomplished something when they’re finished.
As you get older, chances are you’ll sometimes forget a word, where you left your car keys, or the name of a neighbor you bumped into at the market.
These small memory lapses happen. They're a normal part of aging -- just like creaky knees, wrinkled skin, or blurry vision.
It can help to:
Write yourself notes.
Place your keys in the same place each day.
Play word games or do crossword puzzles.
Because loss of memory is also a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, you might worry that these...
The type of exercise that works best for someone with Alzheimer’s depends on their symptoms, fitness level, and overall health. Check with your loved one’s doctor before she starts any exercise program. The doctor may have advice on:
The types of exercise that are best for her, and ones to avoid