Use it or lose it! Is not just a clever phrase, it is the war chant in the battle to defeat memory disorders. No two people are the same when it comes to dementia, but exercise has proved to be helpful to delay the impact.
Exercise comes in many forms today. Taking a walk outdoors or doing chair yoga while following a video instructor are two free options open to everyone, both caregivers and seniors alike. Or it can be tabletop activities like puzzles and extra-large playing card games. Stacking and eye-hand coordination challenges are also beneficial. The idea is to move and stretch.
How effective is exercise? A study was done in Japan with a group of seniors ages 66-88. The positive impact of exercise was overwhelming. In fact, other countries are adopting the same model with seniors with memory disorders and found these improvements:
- Better brain function
- Less mental depression
- Better balance and less falling
- More independent in performing activities of daily living
We believe in bringing moments of exercise into each day makes a tremendous difference over time. Get up and move. Challenge your brain and your body. Use it or lost it! That is why we created this #CreditForCaring exercise bundle. Credit For Caring aims to recover some of your personal time and energy with our care management tools and resources. We believe that preserving human dignity and independence rank as the highest human aspiration despite any physical limitations that beset us. Our healthcare team believes in proactive planning for life’s what if’s.