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Exercise for your Dementing Loved Ones

Updated on October 12, 2009

A new exercise program has been started in the Alzheimer

home my Mother is in...It is a wonderful idea and I am

surprised that this isn't a normal thing in more home's.

We all know exercise, no matter how little one may be able

to do, is a good thing.

It gets oxygen to your body, gets your

blood flowing, which helps keep you warm. So many of the

elderly are always cold because they either sit in a wheelchair

or are sleeping, in bed or in a recliner.

This program includes a walk around the inside of the building

as a group thing, everyone is encouraged to do this, and in the

beginning they couldn't really go far, but in the month it has

been practiced they can now walk it 3-4 times. Yes they get tired,

and thirsty and at first a bit of complaining, but now look forward

to it, when they are re-minded, of course. They do remember

when a routine is constant.

They also have games they play and there is much laughter these

days, and it is so nice. There is a beanbag toss game which they

throw the bags into these netted holes on a board, which is tilted

and is on the floor. Each hole has a score on it and you would

be surprised how they keep first they were reluctant

to participate, but not so anymore.

They sit in chairs in a circle and the caregivers move the board

around in front of each resident and they have 4 bags to throw.

It gets them moving their arms and they love it.

Another fun game is with a large colorful like parachute material

which is in a giant circle with a varity of bright colors and they all

hang on and make it move up and down and they all squeal with glee.

They also have a day where they play dance music and even in a

wheel chair they can dance, at least the upper part can be moving

around. They dance as couples with a caregiver,or a family member.

You should see them do the fast dances, they can move better then

I can, and the singing is wonderful. The men and the women look so

happy when they are on the dance floor.

Another fun dance routine is they sit in a chair and wear these tap

shoes, which they stomp their feet to the music and get so excited.

It is a joy to behold.

They have seen much improvement, in their sleeping habits, their

eating habits and their attitudes in general are better. They don't

seem to be complaining they are cold all the time, although there are,

handmade or fleece, many,many small cuddly blankets always on

hand to wrap around them.

The home is looking into many more new fun things to come, they

already have Bingo, making dog biscuits, they have a group called

"Paws" that brings in their specially trained dogs for the residents

to pet and feel and hold, they have "the Fiddlers come in once a

month to play the fiddles for them, and a piano players comes every

week for their entertainment.

I could go on and on but the point is exercise and how these elderly

people are enjoying themselves, which is as it should be, and how

much better they are feeling, about everything...God Bless these

Caregivers that have such big, generous hearts as well as the

director that is in charge of this people and she is the one that

actually started this program...

So one of the things to look for when trying to place your loved

one in a home is what do they do to make things better and safe

for these dementing wonderful people, who can't help they have this

terrible disease...It hits the young too, is not just for the older person...


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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanks my dear Lady...HUGS back :O) G-Ma

    • Raven King profile image

      Raven King 

      9 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Hey G-Ma this is great hub! God bless you! Many (((HUGS))) :)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      TamCor...Thanks my dear...and I am doing well, just been very busy with the Holidays coming and all the BD the next 3 months in this family (mine)Bless you and hope all is well with you...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Tammy Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      What a wonderful hub, G-Ma...I enjoyed it so much! I hope, like you, that the word gets spread, and other places pick up on the idea--that would be so good for the folks who reside in them...:)

      I hope you're doing well-haven't talked to you in awhile!!!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free


      Yes it is all true and I was in hopes maybe it would be seen by someone would be in a position to start this where they work. Even the families of residents can suggest this...if you think about it the homes will have their residents longer if they feel better,not that that is in anyway the reason...

      And I do have to admit this Home is the "Number One" for caring care and anything else you can think of, in this state and has maintained this spot for 5 years...they are a wondeful example and it is a corporation, so they have a total of 9 homes...but are all the same and all very caring...I guess I should have put all this in my hub...:O) LOL THANKS FOR COMMENTING...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      9 years ago

      yes that is good and positive....and truly it is sad that most homes aren't this way as itakins states above....good job g-ma!

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      9 years ago from Irl

      This is so positive,sadly though a far cry from most homes.Hopefully your hub will inspire people to get going and initiate similiar in other homes.Great hub.

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      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Having seen Alzheimer's at close quarters, I can very well relate to such patients in a nursing home and understand what you say...

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      MARIE...yes my dear exactly, even though it is short lived it so nice to see them smiling...thanks for commenting :O) Hugs G-Ma

      JIMMURDOCH...LOL I am safe?? I have no idea it can be hereditary..but for now I am doing fine and I agree that activity, especially brain activity is so important, they are learning more every day about this disease, or think they are...:O) thanks to you also for your comment.:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      9 years ago

      This is inspiring. I believe if such activity were regular throughout life, especially in the latter days, that less people would end up in such homes. At least your safe G-Ma. LOL!

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      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This sounds wonderful! Even if their minds be not up to par, I assume they are experiencing moments of happiness, and this is all good.

      Hugs to you/Marie

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      FP and Candie...yup it even got me moving..LOL and it was so much fun seeing them with smiles and clapping and dancing I loved it...Thanks for the comment...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      This is excellent! I agree with FP, it is a good thing, and to make it such fun and so simple is just what they need. No complicated directions. Foot tapping and bag tossing! Love it! Thanks G-Ma, and many hugs!

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      Just proves that a little exercise is good for all of us! :)


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