Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – How to Stay Healthy While Caregiving
No doubt you know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy — it can help relieve stress, prevent disease and make you feel good. But finding the time to exercise is another story.
Use these tips to stay healthy while caregiving:
*Take friends and family members up on their offers to help
*You can get in a good workout in a short amount of time — even a 30 minute break. Use our Care Team Calendar to help coordinate a schedule where you have breaks to exercise and take care of your health.
*Start small- while it is recommended that you get 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week, even 10 minutes a day can help. Fit in what you can, and work toward a goal.
*Exercise at home- when the person with dementia naps, pull out a yoga mat and stretch, set up a stationary bike, or try exercise tapes.
*Find something you love- if you enjoy the activity, it will be easier to make it a habit.
There also are many ways you can be active with the person with dementia. Here are a few ideas:
- *Take a walk together outside to enjoy the fresh air
- *Go to the mall and take a stroll indoors
- *Do seated exercises at home
- *Dance together to favorite music
- *Garden or do other routine activities that you both enjoy