Dementia & Exercise: Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on well-being. Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia. It includes a wide range of physical activities from walking across the room or gardening to dancing.
A healthy lifestyle includes physical activity as part of a daily routine which will help to maintain well-being for as long as possible. Physical activity creates valuable opportunities to socialize with others and can help improve and maintain a person's independence, which is beneficial both to people with dementia and their care givers.
Mental Health, Depression & Anxiety: Research has proven that physical activity releases endorphins (chemicals) into the brain to make you feel better. Exercise will improve your symptoms.
When you are depressed or have anxiety, exercise is properly the last thing you want to do, but once you do, you will feel better. Try walk up one set of stairs, park farther away and take slow steps until you can do more moderate exercise.
It's all about getting active again to feel better!
Injured: Specialcare needs to be taken with dealing with past injuries, present injuries and to prevent future injuries. 80% of my clients have an injury. Shoulder, lower back, knee, neck, wrist, ankle, foot, hip, elbow, you name it they have or had it. Sometimes several of the above at the same time.
First off mobility must be worked on and then strength is added all the while making sure the injury is not effected in anyway. The end result is to make sure the injury is healed and to teach my clients what not to do to incur the injury again. You must first get approval from your Doctor before doing any exercise.
Special Needs/Physically Handicapped: People will often talk about disability in terms of what people can’t do. I would like to talk about what they can do. Through trial and perseverance you can change how a person with special needs or physically handicapped feels and enjoys exercise. I work on how to get a person mobile again, while building self-esteem and to make everyday living more enjoyable.
Each person requires a unique approach to exercise. The worse thing is to give up not knowing what to do. I believe "Where there is a will, there is a way".