Referrals to other professionals, such as a physical therapist, who can help you create your own personal exercise program. The type of exercise that works best for you depends on your symptoms, fitness level, and overall health. The final precaution, when you get the OK to begin exercising, is to go slowly.
Tips For Exercise
· Always warm up before beginning your exercise routine, and cool down at the end.
· If you plan to work out for 30 minutes, start with 10-minute sessions and work your way up.
· Try water exercise, such as aqua aerobics. These exercises are often easier on the joints and require less balance.
· Work out in a safe environment; avoid slippery floors, poor lighting, throw rugs, and other potential dangers.
· If you have difficulty maintaining your balance, exercise within reach of a grab bar or rail. If you have trouble standing or getting up, try to exercise on the bed rather than on the floor or an exercise mat.
· If at any time you feel sick or you begin to hurt, STOP the activity.
· Most of all, select a hobby or activity you enjoy and stick with it.
Some suggestions include: Gardening, walking, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, and Tai Chi.
Alzheimer's Disease and Counseling and Support
Counseling and Support Alzheimer's disease, as with many chronic illnesses, will affect you both physically and mentally. It is important to realize that you are not alone and that if you feel you need help coping, you should consider seeking counseling.
The decision to seek counseling is an important step. Too often, people don't get help because they feel ashamed, guilty, or embarrassed. By deciding to get help, you make the choice to feel better and improve your life. Counseling services should be chosen with care so that you find something that best meets your needs. Working with a trained mental health care provider, you can develop the right treatment plan.
Where Do I Start?
Ask your doctor to refer you to a person with expertise in mental health. The person will assess your situation to determine if there is cause for concern, diagnose the problem, and determine the best treatment. Specialists trained in mental health care include family therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals.
During the initial interview, you will be asked to describe why you want counseling, any symptoms you have (emotional, mental, and physical), and your medical history. You may be given a question-and-answer survey.
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