Maintaining physical daily exercises is crucial for everyone, especially for our elderly loved ones diagnosed with dementia. Regular exercise can significantly contribute to their overall well-being, helping to improve strength, balance, and mood, while also enhancing cognitive functions.
Here are some simple and safe daily exercises that can be done at home, providing a guide for families who wish to keep their loved ones active and engaged:
Encourage your loved one to sit on a sturdy chair and march their legs up and down, one at a time. This exercise is great for warming up the body and enhancing leg strength. Aim for 10 marches with each leg, and ensure they are seated securely to prevent any risk of falling.
With arms extended to the sides or front, slowly raise them up overhead, if their range of motion allows. This helps to improve shoulder flexibility and strength. Try to do a set of 10 arm raises initially, and light weights can be added for an extra challenge as they progress.
While seated, lift one foot off the ground and gently rotate the ankle in circles. Perform this motion in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions before switching to the other foot. This exercise aids in preventing stiffness and improving ankle mobility.
Seated Tap Dance
With a playful nod to tap dancing, encourage your loved one to tap their toes on the ground while seated, alternating feet. This not only improves leg strength but also adds an element of fun to their exercise routine.
Introduce a game of keeping a balloon in the air using their hands. This encourages movement across the body and can be an enjoyable activity that brings smiles and laughter, enhancing their mood.
Consistency and Safety
The key to experiencing the benefits of these exercises is consistency. Encourage your loved ones to incorporate these movements into their daily routine, always prioritising safety. Ensure the environment is clear of any obstacles, and provide support as needed. Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen to ensure it is safe and appropriate for their level of ability.
Embracing a routine of simple daily exercises can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with dementia, fostering a sense of achievement and joy in their everyday activities. By providing the necessary support and encouragement, we can help our loved ones thrive. This can help them to maintain their physical health and boost their mood and cognitive function.
HadiCare: Your Brilliant Partner in Homecare
At HadiCare, we understand the importance of supporting our clients in maintaining an active lifestyle. Our trained Brilliant caregivers are dedicated to creating a safe and encouraging environment, ensuring your loved ones can stay active and engaged, regardless of their age or cognitive state.
If you believe that your loved one could benefit from additional support, please reach out to us. Whether it is companionship, or assistance with their daily exercises, we have a team of Brilliant Care Professionals to help. We are here to discuss your needs and explore how we can be a part of your support system.