Dementia-Friendly Activities - Heritage Healthcare York

Dementia-Friendly Activities

*Always make sure to speak to your GP if you have a health concern. Your GP can advise you on what activities are right for you and what activities you should avoid to prevent injury.*

Active April

Every year, the ‘Action for Happiness’ charity launches its annual ‘Active April’ campaign. The campaign aims to build a happier society by helping people boost their mental and physical health by staying active and looking after their bodies. You can find out more about Action for Happiness on their website by clicking here.

This month we have been discussing dementia and how to care for someone after they have been diagnosed. Exercise plays a key part in our wellbeing; it can improve our physical abilities helping to keep the mind and body active. It can play a big part in helping people with early and middle stages of dementia to remain independent. Keeping active can help improve strength and balance which can help reduce the risk of falls. Building your strength and balance can also help to improve your ability to dress and perform daily tasks as well as provide you with opportunities for socialisation.

With April just around the corner, we have put together some tips and ideas for dementia-friendly activities, to help your loved one’s get Active this April.

Walking

Walking is a simple but effective way to keep your body active. You can adapt this to your loved one’s abilities and join them if you have safety concerns. You can decide to go for a walk around your neighbourhood or join a local walking group and turn it into a social activity. Walking is free and doesn’t require specialist equipment. Even walking around your garden can have positive effects on your physical and mental health.

Dancing

Whether you dance around the living room with your loved one to their favourite song or join a local class that suits their abilities, dancing is great for boosting your mood and keeping your body moving. It can be adapted to be done in a seated position to suit all abilities. You can involve the whole family!

Strength Exercises

If you prefer a more traditional form of exercise, strength exercises can help keep your joints and muscles active. The NHS website has some great examples of strength exercises to help improve health and mobility. From bicep curls and wall press-ups to a variety of leg exercises, you can view the full list and instructions on the NHS website here.

Gardening

There are many different ways you can enjoy gardening, both on your own and with company. Gardening can help build your strength whilst spending time outdoors. There are different levels of gardening activity you can do, from pulling out weeds, planting seeds to raking and mowing the grass. Just like walking and dancing, this can become a social activity you can do with friends and family. There might even be a gardening group you could join in your local area!

Daily Activities

Completing daily chores such as doing the dishes or putting a wash on, (even with assistance), can help keep you moving and build up muscle strength. Setting the table can be done with assistance whilst sitting down and preparing meals can help with feeling more independent. Remember that the level of assistance required will vary between individuals and activities may need to be adapted as the condition progresses. However, completing daily chores can also help you and other caregivers to notice changes in the behaviour and abilities of your loved one.

Later Stages of Dementia

In later stages of dementia, simple activities you can do with your loved ones could involve sitting unsupported for a few minutes a day, moving from one seat to another, standing up for a few minutes at a time and shuffling from one end of the bed to the other. These activities can be added to your daily routine and can help improve balance and muscle strength.

Our Services

At Heritage Healthcare York, we provide bespoke care services tailored to each individual’s needs. We assist primary caregivers with our respite care services giving them time to look after their own health and wellbeing. We work with clients and their families to ensure all their needs are met. To find out more about the services we provide and how we can help you and your loved ones visit our services page here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss our services in more detail, please contact our team via your preferred contact method here.

Remember to make sure you and your loved ones are drinking plenty of water when exercising to prevent dehydration

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