Exercise with Dementia

Tru here.  The newest DEMENTIA  MENTORS dot com video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcv-CtYdrwE includes the one I did on exercise in the beginning stages of dementia.  Pass it on! DM Exerc 20140731 pic 300dpi4in

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I exercise to keep relationships with the ones I love.

We don’t give medical advice so I will just tell you about my exercise as a person with the beginning stages of dementia.

When the doctor told me that exercise has proven to be more reliable than any medicine, for all forms of dementia, I said that it was the first step for me then.

When possible, someone walks with me outside. I need to use a walker or canes because my balance is poor.

We asked the doctor to sign a prescription so that I could have a treadmill walking machine for the days when I can’t walk outside. With the prescription and diagnosis we took it off on income tax. On Craigslist we found a used machine — what they call a “rehabilitation” model, which provides the bars that I hold to keep my balance when walking.

My first 10 minutes of exercise are devoted to my care-partner. I pray for him and think about him during those minutes. Then I go on to other loved ones and myself. I consider this one of the greatest things I can do to retain my ability to communicate with my loved ones, so it is very high on my list of priorities.

When lab studies were done, they used the standard of walking six miles a week, so that is my minimum. After that is done then I can do other exercises on any days in between.
When it is possible, walking with my loved ones physically beside me is extra-special! (Video ends with very short video piece of me walking with grandson.)

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