Exercise and dementia: Care home gym leads the way

Exercise and dementia: Care home gym leads the way

Credit goes to Redholme Care Home in Liverpool for encouraging residents with dementia to do simple exercise sessions in the gym.

How exercise helps ease dementia symptomsThese gentle gym sessions are having clear benefits on residents’ health.  As care home owner, Anne McCann, confirms in this BBC report , they have fewer falls, stronger bones and greater strength and stability – and the whole process is reducing the need for medication.

And yet scientists seem puzzled – and don’t understand why exercise should help. Millions are spent every year on research, but surely the benefits of exercise are no big mystery at all?

Plaque builds up in the brain just like it does in other arteries. The brain needs oxygen, nutrients, glucose and water to function. Increased blood flow through exercise carries all these things to the brain.

Do we really need to spend millions researching what is largely common sense? Or is the purpose of ongoing research to try to justify even more drugs – or, worse still, destructive anti-psychotic drugs – that often cause even more residual damage to health?

For the brain to receive nutrients, and for there to be any chance of reversing (not suppressing) dementia symptoms, there must be nutrients going into the body in the first place. A high-nutrient diet is vital. Clogging up the brain with synthetic drugs, poor diet and a lack of water and oxygen is a recipe for disaster.

That’s why it’s so sad to see so many elderly people in care homes existing in a haze of dehydration and ‘empty’ food (processed food, refined sugar and cooked food devoid of nutrients).

Disease develops long before it’s ever diagnosed. It’s vital to keep exercising and eat a high-nutrient diet – and for elderly people who already have dementia, being able to exercise is even more vital, even for short gentle sessions.

Walking, light weights, dancing – and not forgetting singing and laughing – it all leads to greater physical and mental wellbeing.

Health does not have to be complex, but our ‘health’ industry seems to makes it so. Better brain health for people with dementia can often come down to simple common sense.

Read more articles about health and wellbeing for people with dementia.

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