Is exercise the best cure for dementia?
Well doctors and scientists the world over are turning to exercise for help to slow down the progress of dementias like Alzheimer’s.
It’s a well know fact that physical activity can help keep the body fit and active but little is known as to how exercise helps sufferers of dementia. What is know is that light, frequent exercise can help people who have Alzheimer’s disease. Quite how is still unknown.
Many doctors say that many carers and families of people with dementia can take simple steps to make life more enjoyable by introducing a light regime of exercise on a regular basis.
Exercise is good for the mind and also helps a person use and build up strength in muscles that may not be used which is often due to the condition of the sufferer. Exercise is a good way to use both the body and brain functions in harmony in a relaxed atmosphere that stimulates the brain.
So is exercise the best cure for dementia?, well the best results are seen with patients in the early stages of dementia, before the condition becomes too much on the physical body.
While drugs can slow down the advancement of diseases of the brain there is a worry in the medical world that there is an over prescribing of psychotic drugs to sufferers of dementia. So any other alternative medicine that is available to patients is gladly accepted and the one prescription that seems to be being prescribed more and more is exercise.
How is exercise the best cure for dementia?
Now when we talk about exercise many people take a deep breath and wince at the thought of putting on the track suit and setting of on a 3 mile run. Well things have moved on since then and when a regime of physical activity is prescribed to help a sufferer you can forget about the sweating and physical exhaustion that come with most exercise, instead a physical regime suited to the person’s ability is prescribed.
Gentle exercise in the form of armchair exercises, dancing, a light walk or even a good old sing-a-long is perfect for dementia sufferers. Depending on the physical ability of the persons taking part in the class or group.
The ideas you can use with exercise must be shaped to the persons physical ability. As most people who get dementia are elderly in age the idea is that you are not trying to get the person physically fit like a young person might want to achieve.
The idea behind the exercises is that people leave the session having enjoyed the exercise. Laughter, communication , participation, confidence and many more things can be achieved when a person takes part in any form of light physical activity. Instead of feeling withdrawn and alone, the participation in exercise can help make a person feel more confident and help them come out of themselves.
You often hear from families and friends that look after somebody with dementia that once they begin with a form of exercise that the person starts smiling again.
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