Tips for a Healthy and Active Lifestyle for People With Dementia
Eating healthy and staying active is good for everyone and is especially important for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. As the disease progresses, finding ways for the person to eat healthy foods and stay active may be increasingly challenging. Here are some tips that may help:
- Consider different activities the person can do to stay active, such as household chores, cooking and baking, exercise, and gardening. Match the activity to what the person can do.
- Help get an activity started or join in to make the activity more fun. People with dementia may lack interest or initiative and can have trouble starting activities. But, if others do the planning, they may join in.
- Add music to exercises or activities if it helps motivate the person. Dance to the music if possible.
- Be realistic about how much activity can be done at one time. Several short “mini-workouts” may be best.
- Take a walk together each day. Exercise is good for caregivers, too!
- Buy variety of healthy foods, but consider food that is easy to prepare, such as premade salads and single portions.
- Give the person choices about what to eat, for example, “Would you like yogurt or cottage cheese?”
Need to start with the basics? Is your loved one naturally aging or is it a set of warning sets for dementia? Click here ——–> What is Dementia? – Leading Edge Senior Care
Here is a resource that we love ——–> https://www.alz.org/help-support/resources/memory-loss-concerns