Think you have to exercise at the gym or walk a mile every day to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?
Think again –
One of my great-grandmothers lived to 96. She was active, gardening until the summer before she passed. When her grandchildren came to visit, she would go out and polish the chrome fenders on their cars.
And I’m sure her house was spotless. She never had any signs of Alzheimers disease or another dementia.
She told her family she never felt old until she was 90, remaining in good health until she passed.
Recent medical studies show you probably don’t have to jog or do heavy exertion regularly to reap benefits. Lower levels of exercise can be beneficial too.
Seniors who remain active by doing household chores like laundry, loading and unloading the dishwasher and running errands have lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias than those who don’t.
These studies suggest that getting up and moving enough to increase your heart rate and blood pressure can reduce your risk of developing dementia.
So getting up and moving can help not only your body but also your mind! A two for one – two benefits for one activity!
Now that’s effective multitasking!
When you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be the busiest you’ve ever been.
Are you taking daily breaks from your caregiving?
Even only a few minutes can help reduce your stress and make your tasks easier. They can help you find the energy and enthusiasm to continue caregiving.
There are many ways to get a break. Maybe you get a chuckle from the comics. Or maybe it’s something uplifting you hear or read.
The Free Membership at Caregiving With Purpose provides you with Daily Inspirational Quotes and Thoughts.
They may just be the moment of respite you need.
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To your healthy caregiving,
Ina Gilmore M.D. (ret.)
“The Knitting Dr.”
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