Keeping physically fit and mentally engaged can help people remain connected and live well with dementia.

If you know someone with dementia who finds it hard to exercise and maintain healthy habits on their own, you can help them stay fit and active.

How you can support people with dementia stay physically healthy and stimulated

If someone you know has dementia, there are a few things you can do to support them to stay physically and mentally healthy.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise is very important for people with dementia, but it can sometimes be a challenge for them to exercise on their own. Being with a person while they exercise is a big support, even if it’s just going for a walk.

Eating right

Good nutrition is a key part of keeping physically healthy, but it can be hard for people with dementia to stay on top of their eating habits. Help with the shopping to ensure they have healthy things to eat and plan out meals together.

Regular check-ups

Regular physical check-ups with a doctor are important to identify any areas of concern with a person’s health. Help to arrange regular appointments and go along with the person to the doctor if needed.

Exercising the mind

The person with dementia can exercise their mind by doing things that are a bit challenging.  Keeping an active mind can help the person feel good and think more clearly.

Learn more about how you can help

Dementia Australia has resources to help you learn more about how you can support people with dementia stay healthy.

The National Dementia Helpline is a free service that provides information and advice to all people who would like to know more about dementia or access services and support.

Find out more

Dementia Australia’s national library service offers a comprehensive collection of print and digital resources about dementia. Explore the resources guide for this Dementia Action Week daily tip.

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