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What Exercises Are Right for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Depending on where your senior is in her battle with Alzheimer’s disease, she may find exercise more or less complicated. These ideas can help you and her to determine what she wants to be doing at every stage in order to stay as active as she can. Remaining active can help to deal with other issues later, such as the potential to wander or trouble with sleeping.


Senior Care in Robinson Twp. PA: Exercises for Alzheimer's

Senior Care in Robinson Twp. PA: Exercises for Alzheimer’s


Earlier Stages Are Fairly Open to Most Activities

In the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease, your senior’s brain may not be affected as much as she might fear. This can mean that a lot of her activities might not change much. Complicated exercise videos, driving herself to the gym, and other activities she’s always enjoyed can still be on the menu. It helps a lot if what she’s doing to keep herself active are things that she enjoys doing, no matter what those activities are.


Change Things up as Her Abilities Change

As your elderly family member’s abilities change and as her brain changes, so too will her activities. She may find that it’s more difficult to follow along with complicated aerobics routines, for instance, or she might give up driving when she starts to feel uncomfortable behind the wheel. This might mean that she opts for simpler activities, like going for a walk or taking up gardening.


Later Stages Might Feel More Complicated

It’s in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease that you and your senior might find keeping her active is more of a challenge. Doing simple household tasks together that don’t require a great deal of complex thought can help. Sweeping or vacuuming is easy enough to do and can be quite a workout. Even using resistance bands can be helpful.


Elderly Care Providers Can Help

Working with elderly care providers can be a good idea for your aging adult as she tries to stay active. Home care providers are experienced at helping aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other health issues to go about all of the activities in their day safely. When your elderly family member needs extra help remembering what she’s doing, senior care providers can prompt her.

Always talk to your elderly family member’s doctor about her exercise needs and routines. It’s important to make sure that she’s getting the right amount of activity for her, especially if she has other health issues that you need to keep an eye on.


If you are considering Senior Care in Robinson Twp, 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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