Alzheimer’s Care in Dover NH
Walking can be a great activity for seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. There are many reasons for this, and depending on how recently the elderly individual was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it may be best that they not take a walk by themselves, but that doesn’t mean they should be discouraged from walking altogether.
Wandering is a major concern with certain forms of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s. Seniors who wander off or head outside to go for a walk around the block could become disoriented and forget where they were going. This can lead to serious injuries and other negative results.
It may not be best to allow seniors to walk by themselves in certain situations, especially as they progress into the middle and later stages of this disease. However, walking can still be great exercise and an opportunity for them to get out of the house.
Fresh air and exercise.
When people spend most of their day inside, they are not getting the kind of fresh air they may benefit from during a walk. Air that remains relatively stagnant inside the house is not as healthy.
Fresh air can help people feel more rejuvenated and invigorated. The sounds of nature, whether it’s birds chirping in the trees, the wind blowing through leaves, or anything else can also help soothe the mind and that can help ground people who may be feeling anxious or even depressed.
Walking at a slightly brisker pace than normal can help elevate the heart rate. When the heart rate is elevated, it helps to strengthen that muscle and also improve the efficiency of the heart pumping blood, and oxygen, throughout the body, including to the brain. When the brain is getting optimal levels of oxygen, it helps to function at peak levels.
If you or someone you know needs the help of Alzheimer’s care in Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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