Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease often exhibit challenging behaviours that can be hard to manage at first. Agitation is one of these behaviours, and seniors may begin to pace back and forth, lash out verbally, or appear upset for apparently no reason at all.
Maintaining a high quality of life can be challenging for some seniors, but professional caregivers can help them obtain this goal. Families can trust in Perth, WA, elderly care experts to help their elderly loved ones focus on lifestyle choices that increase the chances of living a longer and healthier life.
Agitation in seniors with Alzheimer’s usually has a reason, and exercise can help address many of the reasons why seniors become agitated. Here’s how exercise helps.
1. Releases Pent Up Energy
Seniors sometimes have difficulty getting all of their energy out during the day. If your loved one’s agitation is caused by too much energy, you may notice the behaviour rising as the day goes on. Your loved one may also exhibit more agitation in the evening hours, often referred to as “sundowning.” Giving your loved one a way to expel energy allows him or her to be tired enough to not lash out in the evening.
2. Encourages More Sleep
Agitation that occurs in the morning could be due to your loved one having a restless night. Seniors with Alzheimer’s sometimes wake up in the middle of the night due to medication side effects, hallucinations, or incontinence. Exercising during the day helps seniors sleep better in the evenings since it regulates their circadian rhythms. To get the most out of this strategy, help your loved one exercise outdoors so his or her body’s hormones respond to the sunlight, and avoid exercising for two hours before bedtime.
3. Relieves Pain and Discomfort
Seniors who have other health conditions that cause pain may express themselves through an agitated state. Look for signs that your loved one is hurting. Your loved one may tug at his or her clothes or a specific body part or refuse to allow certain parts of his or her body to be touched. Fortunately, exercise helps relieve pain by causing the body to release endorphins. Regular exercise also helps alleviate stiffness in the joints and muscles that contribute to pain in seniors with arthritis and other related health conditions.
Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Perth live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust in professional live-in caregivers to enhance his or her quality of life.
4. Provides Mental Stimulation
Boredom is another reason why seniors may express challenging behaviours. Watch to see if your loved one seems to become agitated when he or she is not being provided with enough mental stimulation. You may also notice your loved one’s agitation seems to be directed at trying to get attention from you or another caregiver. Spending time with your loved one and providing assistance with an exercise routine is a great opportunity for bonding. If you think your loved one is craving mental stimulation, plan different types of exercises to keep things interesting such as gardening one day and doing water aerobics the next.
Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted Perth Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. Call us at [hca_phone] to hire a dedicated caregiver and help your ageing loved one mitigate some of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.