Exploring the Experience of Dementia

Part 3: Take Action for Healthier Living

Living with dementia can be challenging.  Whether you have the disease or are caring for someone who does, it is important to take steps to be as healthy as you can be.

Research shows that there are many things that you can do to enhance health and quality of life when living with Alzheimer’s disease. Lifestyle choices, such as healthy eating, stress management, and physical and mental activity can improve quality of life, may help to slow the progression of the disease and improve your capacity to cope with the changes that you are experiencing.

  

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Be Active

Physical activity can help you feel better, reduce stress and maintain health.  It helps to prevent muscle weakness and health complications associated with inactivity. 

Physical activity also promotes a regular day-and-night routine and may help to improve mood.  The type of activity that works best for you will depend on your fitness level, present activity level and overall health.         

Take the Be Active! quiz to learn more about the role of physical activity in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians.  It’s a short quiz with ten questions – made available by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

For Reflection...

The disease progression cannot be stopped, but you can still maintain a healthy lifestyle.  In addition to remaining physically active:

  • Make healthy food choices.
  • Stay connected to family members and friends.
  • Keep your brain active.
  • Take charge of your health.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Be serious about safety.
  • Ask for help. 

The Alzheimer's Society is here to provide information and support so that you can continue living life to the fullest.

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