We all know that the more we move, the better we feel. But it’s the first step that’s always the hardest. Once we are walking or stretching or playing a game, it is fun. The best part, however, is that it is good for us.
For people with dementia, physical activity improves health and wellbeing in several ways:
- Improving mood, reducing stress, and increasing calm, which helps to reduce aggression, wandering, or agitation
- Improving physical abilities for everyday tasks
- Reducing fall risk because of improved strength and balance
- Slowing mental decline
- Reducing depression
- Improving heart health
- Getting a sense of purpose and accomplishment while staying engaged and occupied
- Improving sleep and reducing sundowning symptoms (dailycaring.com)
Staff and volunteers at Among Friends involve our participants in a variety of activities from bowling to table-top pool to chair yoga.
Every day brings fun things to do–while slipping in some healthful side benefits as well.