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Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers Can Exercise to Better Health and Happiness

Physical exercise helps to prevent or at least slow down physical deterioration and mental deterioration. The latest research in exercise physiology demonstrates that Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers benefit by a routine fitness program. Exercising everyday will reduce colds and infections, increase independent function, improve life quality and most importantly elevate mood. Use ADL (Activities for Daily Living) Training to increase independence. The immediate goals are: eating, housekeeping and personal hygiene. Sixty percent of caregivers have some depressive symptoms, and one third develop major depressions. Exercise presents a natural, healthy way to cheer up. The side effects are happiness and a loving disposition - a great bonding experience. Take back your power with exercise.

To get the most out of an Alzheimer’s workout there must be constant supervision with a knowledgeable exercise partner. Future articles will provide greater details for executing specific exercises for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers. Here are some basic concepts for designing or evaluating an exercise program for Silver Sneakers:
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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