I am working with people who have dementia. Are there any sources to help with exercise?
My heart goes out to you. There is little to no research I can find about dementia and exercise. The only articles I can find were written by individuals who have tried certain things with their clients with Alzheimer’s Disease. The only consistent theme I can pick up from the articles is to make things simple and fun. You should try to avoid any and all confrontations. Many people who have dementia become extremely angry extremely easily. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are very similar. Frontal lobe dementia is a condition where the nerve cells in the brain become impaired. Every day tasks become challenging because the short-term memory is affected so greatly. Exercise routines that are fun and simple keep your clients moving and take their minds off of their problems for a while. Group exercise classes should be done with short routines and should not have complicated step combinations. Moving and laughing are two of the most important attributes of a successful program. I would focus on simple movement drills, agility ladder, dance steps and balance drills. This will keep your clients active and self sufficient for as long as possible. I hope this is of some help. Good luck.