Senior Care in Trumbull CT: Is Physical Activity Important for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Is Physical Activity Important for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease?



Senior Care in Trumbull CT

Senior Care in Trumbull CTBeing a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can be one of the greatest challenges that you face in this care experience. As you are caring for your elderly loved one it is important that you look beyond just the basic care needs that they might have to the ways that you can help them to live the highest quality of life possible throughout the progression of their disease. One question that you might have regarding the care that you give them is whether physical activity is as important to a senior with Alzheimer’s disease as it would be to a senior without such challenges. Understanding this importance can help you to continue planning their care in such a way that will help them manage their symptoms and prepare them for the future symptoms that they will face as they progress.

Some of the reasons that physical activity is important for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease include:

• Lower rate of cognitive decline. Studies have indicated that regular physical activity helps to keep the mind sharper and more responsive, and slow the rate of cognitive decline. While there is no way to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s or to reduce the progression of the disease itself, keeping your parent physically active can help them to keep their mind sharper and maintain more of their cognitive functioning as they progress.

• Ongoing stimulation. Regularly stimulating their mind can also help your loved one to maintain more functioning. Physical activity stimulates your parent’s mind from many different angles, including sensory stimulation, triggering memories, and encouraging them to think critically and utilize their memory skills.

• Reduce risk of injury. Elderly adults who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are at increased risk for falls and for the serious injuries and consequences that can occur as a result of these falls. Keeping your elderly parent physically active can help them to keep their body stronger, reducing the risk that they will fall and helping to protect them from the most serious consequences should they experience such a fall or other accident.

If your elderly loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or who had progressed in their condition to the point that you feel you cannot handle their care needs effectively and efficiently, now may be the ideal time to start senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your senior on a customized schedule that is right not only for their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, but also for the amount of time that you spend with them and the care efforts that you put forth for them. This means that even as they progress through the increasing symptoms of this disease and start to experience more challenges and difficulties, you can feel confident that they are getting everything that they need and can enjoy the highest quality of life possible. When it comes to helping your elderly parent stay more physically active, this care provider can help your parent understand the specific challenges that they are facing, find activities that they enjoy and that are safe and healthy for them, and give them the physical support and assistance needed to protect them and help them to live the lifestyle that they deserve.

Source
http://www.alz.org/brain-health/stay_physically_active.asp
https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/exercise-and-physical-activity
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=1764

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Trumbull, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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