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A Guide to Stretching for Dementia Care

A Guide to Stretching for Dementia Care

If you or someone you love has dementia, you’re not alone. More than 55 million people have it worldwide, with 10 million new cases each year. With dementia, you might feel like you can’t keep up with staying healthy, but that isn’t the case. There are plenty of beneficial stretches that you can do. Are you wondering what you can do and how you can get started? Read this guide on stretching for dementia care today!

Standing Quadriceps

Through a stretching routine at a memory care community, you’re helping to strengthen your joints and muscles. First, begin with a standing quadriceps stretch. It’s an excellent choice since it helps support mobility and flexibility without it being too physically straining. First, hold onto a chair with your left hand and bend your right knee. Grab your leg with your right hand by the ankle. Next, gently pull your foot toward your back. Hold it for 10-30 seconds. Place your leg down and repeat on the other side.

Soleus Stretch

This stretch works your calf muscles. It improves your deep calf muscles and overall leg function. First, stand and face a wall. Place your left foot in front of your right and have both hands on the wall. Bend your knees to feel a stretch. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Slowly stand back up and swap legs.

Neck Side Stretch

A neck side stretch will loosen any tension in the neck and shoulders. First, sit in a chair. Lean your head to one side and the next. Lift your right arm over your head and rest your palm on the left side. Pull your head to the right and hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Triceps Stretch

This stretching routine can be performed sitting or standing. It’s great for improving mobility and flexibility. First, sit or stand. Lift your right arm over your head, bending at the elbow. Reach your opposite arm to grab your elbow and pull in the opposite direction. Hold this for 20-30 seconds, and then switch arms.

Side Stretch

First, sit cross-legged or stand. Extend the right arm in the air while touching the floor with the left. Lean to the left side to feel a stretch down the side of the body. Repeat on the other side.

Tips on Stretching for Those With Dementia

To keep seniors with dementia engaged in stretching care, ensure they’re comfortable. Ensure they have comfortable clothing and shoes. Next, it’s important they stay hydrated. Play their favorite music during the stretches, which might encourage them. Be realistic about the stretches and other exercises you’d like them to try.

Stretching and Dementia Care in Kenner

This guide provides an overview of stretches that residents at Inspired Living at Kenner will participate in for their dementia care. Are you looking for a safe and welcoming community for your loved one with dementia? We offer both respite and memory care, plus assisted living. Contact us if you’re ready to learn more about our senior living community, or schedule a tour today. Let us show you around our facility and answer any questions you might have!

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