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Exercise and Dementia

Exercise Considerations

 

Exercise is important for both mental and physical health.  Activity and exercise are important to maintaining one’s balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance.  All of these things help someone stay safely mobile.

 

Physical exercise has been shown to improve memory.  Making sure exercises relate to function and are done in a safe place is important.  Exercises should be done at a specific time of the day, and in a set order, to aid memory and avoid confusion.  Before starting any exercise program you should talk to your physician or physical therapist (PT).  A PT will help make an exercise program specific to your loved one's ability.

  • What type of exercise program is safe and appropriate?
  • How much guidance/physical assistance will he/she need?
  • What equipment will be needed?
  • Will the PT teach me how to manage the exercise plan?
  • How long and hard should he/she workout?

On-line Resources

Contacts

  • Alabama Physical Therapy Association: 1-800-999-2782 (x3284)

 

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