Keeping physically fit and healthy while living with dementia
Keeping physically fit and healthy can help people living with dementia be more mentally alert while lessening the cognitive impact of 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
If someone you know has dementia, there are a few things you can do to support them to stay physically healthy.
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.
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 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.
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.
Learn more by visiting https://livingwellwithdementia.org.au/