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What Are the Benefits of Exercise for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Elder Care in Pittsburgh PA

Exercise can do quite a bit for your elderly loved one, especially if she has Alzheimer’s disease. These are just a few of the results your loved one can experience.Elder-Care-in-Pittsburgh-PA

Can Improve Daily Routines

If you find that your elderly loved one has a difficult time managing her daytime and nighttime routines, adding regular exercise into the mix can work better than you might think. Some loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease aren’t able to keep day and night neatly boxed and having an exercise plan in place can help them to differentiate.

Can Help to Promote Sleep

Regular exercise works your loved one’s muscles and joints, which can help to tire her body out. This can lead to both better sleep and more regular sleep. The added benefit there is that the better your loved one sleeps at night, the more likely she is to be alert during the day. This can help quite a bit if you’re finding her drifting more than usual.

Can Lower Anxiety

Wandering is a habit that many people with Alzheimer’s disease develop. It’s closely linked to anxiety and many of the solutions involve helping your loved one to feel safer and more secure. Another way to help calm anxiety, though, is through exercise because of the chemicals the brain releases both during and after exercise.

Can Help to Prevent Falls

As your loved one continues her exercise plan, she may find herself less prone to falling. This happens because her muscles are getting stronger, her balance is improving, and her joints are getting more movement each day. All of that contributes heavily to having a much better sense of balance and as a result, less chance that she’ll fall.

Can Give Your Loved One a Sense of Accomplishment

When your loved one has a goal to strive for, it’s empowering to accomplish it. With a simple goal such as exercising for a set period of time or performing to a certain level, your loved one can feel that sense of accomplishment when she finishes her workout. It’s a great way to give her an emotional boost.

Work with your loved one’s elder care providers to help you come up with a daily routine that includes rest, good food, and plenty of exercise.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Pittsburgh, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.  Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551

Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

President Liken Home Care at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970

Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.

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