Up and At ‘Em

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.

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