Stay with me, please, but first read this little blurb...
The Alzheimer's Association has five recommendations to avoid dementia/ALHZ and they are: "Exercise: there's more evidence that regular exercise will prevent dementia than for any other measure we might take. Walking regularly is an excellent way of keeping active."; Eat Mediterranean food; Manage other health conditions: other conditions like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure; Avoid smoking; Challenge your brain with new things is the key, for example taking up a new hobby, learning a language or even walking an unfamiliar route.
OK, now to my question...
My aunt and mother were the first and only ones in the family to develop dementia and I can't help but notice that they NEVER got exercise during their lifetimes. If I'm out of his sight for 5 minutes he calls for me to see where I am. Both acted, in fact, as if getting exercise were a noxious, uncool thing to do. They NEVER engaged in any kind of sports or gymnastics, tennis, skiing, swimming, jogging, walking--nada, nichts, rein, niente, fahgedaboudit.
Forgive me for saying this but it is true: my mom's whole goal in life, it seemed, was to do nothing. She DID things, of course, like housework, cooking, etc but she had a powerful sense that she should really be living a life of absolute leisure. A good day for her was a morning of lying in the sun for hours and then watching TV all the rest of the day. Her hobby was bridge.
As some of you know, she now has no short term memory at all though she is otherwise rational. So, I am wondering, what was it like for the elders in your care? Did they get much exercise? Or were they like my mother and aunt???
Naturally, I am asking because, unlike my mother, I have had a very active life with, at various times, tennis, skiing, swimming, ping-pong, twenty years riding horses, and now lots of walking. I hope we can determine that this really helps!!!!