In order to improve memory and slow down the progression of dementia, there are many exercises that memory care specialists recommend for adults. These exercises will produce separate benefits that work together to provide strength to the body and the mind. Here are four types of exercises that can contribute to memory care:
Exercises That Increase Flexibility: Flexibility exercises will allow an individual to be more nimble and increase the span of their reach. These exercises include stretching hamstrings, calves, and wrists as well as rotating hips. This rotation works to elongate hip and thigh muscles while giving them a good stretch.
Techniques to Improve Balance: It goes without saying that improving balance can dramatically increase an individual’s stability and decrease their chances of falling. Balance exercises include lower body exercises like knee flexion and leg raises conducted while either sitting or standing.
Working to Promote Endurance: To increase breathing function and improve the cardiovascular system, exercises like swimming, light walking, bicycling, and golf should be encouraged. These exercises will increase stamina and allow individuals to endure the other types of exercises discussed here.
Movements to Enhance Strength: Those living in an assisted living facility or a memory care home should engage in strength exercises like arm raises, side leg raises, knee extensions, and bicep curls. For less active individuals, these exercises will promote weight control. Furthermore, these exercises help to improve balance and lower blood sugar.
These four types of exercises offer a great opportunity for adults at any stage of memory loss to improve their physical and mental health. Here at Governor’s Glen, our caring staff is trained and experienced in assisting residents with their health and wellness. Find out more about our services and activities by giving us a call today at (678) 954-2372.