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Helping someone with Alzheimer's stay active. Tips from the NIA
By DebraMcDonagh / August 25, 2021

Activity helps someone with Alzheimer’s disease feel better. Exercise helps keep their muscles, joints, and heart in good shape. It also helps people stay at a healthy weight and have regular toilet and sleep habits.

But, as a family caregiver, you know that is sometimes easier said than done. The National Institutes of Health share tips on ways to help a person with Alzheimer’s stay active.

  • Be realistic about how much activity can be done at once. Several short “mini-workouts” may be best.
  • Break exercises into simple, easy-to-follow steps.
  • Make sure the person wears clothes and shoes that fit well and are made for exercise.
  • Exercise together to make activities more fun. Exercise is good for caregivers and family members, too!

Check out the NIA website to find more ways to help a person with Alzheimer’s stay active

Source: This content is provided by the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA). NIA scientists and other experts review this content to ensure it is accurate and up to date.



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