People with Dementia can have difficulty remembering, thinking clearly, communicating and taking care of themselves. Dementia like any brain disorder can cause mood swings and changes in personality and behavior that can damage relationships and cause frustration for the one suffering from the illness and those who care for them. This post will include tips for how to care for yourself and ease the stress of unpaid care giving.
As we age, we become accustomed to a more sedentary lifestyle. No longer are we working 8 hour days or running our children from place to place. Although new aches and pains or even cognitive barriers may make exercise seem daunting and out of reach, physical activity is just as important if not more so in older age. Studies show that consistent physical activity in older adults increases their independence, lowers their risk for injury, and improves their general mood and overall cognitive ability. The CDC states that older adults need 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week along with targeted muscle strengthening activities. While that may sound like a large chunk of time, it can be broken down into 30 minutes a day in one setting or three ten minute sessions a day over five days.
It takes a little muscle and it takes a little grit,