Dr. Isaacson’s tips: Activities

Info from guest blogger and Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Richard Isaacson about activities your loved one can try1

Participating in exercise and other activities can be beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s. In the second post of a 3-part series, Dr. Isaacson provides expert advice for you and your loved one:

  1. Incorporate regular exercise, improved diet, and structured activities into your regimen. These habits lead to more energy, a brighter mood, and a sharper memory, and could possibly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease
  2. Exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week, for 45 to 60 minutes if tolerated and approved by the treating doctor. Try to gradually increase the time spent exercising
  3. Continue doing hobbies. People with Alzheimer's may benefit from the mental and social activity, whether it is dancing, painting, gardening, or participating in another activity they enjoy
  4. Plan daily activities to help provide structure, meaning, and a sense of accomplishment for people with Alzheimer's. Allow the individual to dress himself or herself to whatever degree possible. When giving a bath, allow the individual to do as much as possible

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Dr. Richard Isaacson

Dr. Richard Isaacson is a board-certified neurologist. He is Associate Professor of Neurology (Education), and Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Program at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Isaacson is a paid expert consultant for Accera and is also on Accera’s Medical Advisory Board. For more information about Alzheimer’s from Dr. Isaacson, check out his book, The Alzheimer’s Diet, or visit his website www.TheADPlan.com.

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