Staying healthy

3. Exercise

Exercise is beneficial to everyone, whether or not they have dementia, and everyone who is capable should get some exercise. There are lots of different types of exercise that can be adapted to individual preferences and abilities. For example, there are lots of seated exercises for people who have difficulty walking. Try to find a form of exercise that will be enjoyable - ask the GP, occupational therapist or physiotherapist for suggestions.

Exercising can:

  • encourage mobility - and therefore independence - for as long as possible
  • improve circulation and help prevent stiffness and muscle wasting
  • aid relaxation, promote a sense of calm and help ensure a good night's sleep
  • reduce anxiety, stress and depression.