Dementia – three of the BEST exercises to reduce symptoms

Posted on Mar 8 2018 - 7:40am by admin

Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms linked to ongoing brain decline, according to the NHS.

Early stage dementia symptoms can include mood changes, memory loss, confusion, and difficulty following a conversation,

But, as the condition develops, patients can experience bladder incontinence, communication problems, and mobility problems.

But, these three simple exercises could help to reduce problems with moving about.

“Many people become less able to move about unaided,” said the NHS.

“Some may eventually become unable to walk and require a wheelchair or be confined to bed.”

The Alzheimer’s Society added: “People in the later stages of dementia should be encouraged to move about regularly and change chairs, for example when having a drink or a meal.

“A daily routine involving moving around the home can help to maintain muscle strength and joint flexibility.”

Patients should try shuffling along the edge of the bed when waking up, or going to sleep. Moving from one end of the bed to the other helps to exercise the muscles needed for standing up.

Also, lie as flat as possible on a bed for up to 30 minutes each day. Reducing the gap between the curve of the back and the mattress strengthens abdominal muscles and helps the neck to relax.

Sitting unsupported for a few minutes each day strengthens back and stomach muscles, the Alzheimer’s Society said.

This exercise should only be carried out when someone else is present, to avoid injury from falling.

There’s currently no cure for dementia, but making some lifestyle changes could lower your risk of the condition.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet could lower your chances of dementia, the NHS said.

A diet high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, and low in fibre, may lead to dementia.

Taking regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure are also advised.

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