Many studies have shown a strong correlation between doing aerobic exercise on the progression of dementia and other cognitive disorders. Below are some exercises seniors can perform around their own homes with the help of Plano, TX, dementia home caregivers.
Exercising at Home
Seniors can do many activities at home that count as aerobic exercise. They can go on a brisk walk on a treadmill, ride a stationary bike or exercise to a DVD. Plano at-home care professionals recommend that seniors participate in a preferred hobby such as gardening as long as it raises the heart rate. The best results are seen in seniors who exercise at least four times a week for 30 minutes a day. In order to achieve the best results, encourage your senior to do aerobic activities regularly for at least a year.
While doctors are unsure about the reasons why aerobic exercise proves to be so helpful, they feel that part of the answer lies in improved cardiovascular health. According to studies from Wake Forest Baptist Medical School, seniors who exercise regularly are 200 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. They also are at a lower risk of diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Improve Task Performance
Doctors feel that increased blood flow to the brain stops the formation of plaque that many doctors believe causes dementia-related disorders. Those who exercise on a regular basis are better able to organize, plan their daily activities and pay attention for longer periods of time. Smaller studies even suggest that seniors who perform aerobic exercise regularly are better able to multitask.
Improved Emotional Health
Researchers are also finding that seniors with dementia who exercise regularly tend to experience better emotional health. That is to say, they are less likely to report being clinically depressed. They also report fewer problems with mood disorders and psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia.
Many seniors who do aerobic exercises regularly are able to live independently for longer periods of time. With help from Home Care Assistance, your loved one will adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as daily exercise and nutritious diet to stave off cognitive illnesses like dementia. Call (214) 586-0120 today to learn more about our flexible live-in, hourly and respite care Plano seniors can rely on to age in place with dignity.