There is increasing awareness that leading a healthy lifestyle, staying physically active, mentally stimulated and socially engaged can be helpful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet few are aware that these are also important elements in the overall wellbeing and successful care of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of memory loss.
Increasing research suggests that physical activity can assist in managing dementia-related behaviors such as frustration, restlessness and sleep disturbances. It can also help elevate mood, provide a sense of pride and purpose as well as reduce stress levels for both the individual with dementia and the person responsible for their care. Staying active can involve simple activities such as taking a walk, working in the garden, listening to music or having lunch with friends. There is also another alternative: the social engagement and activity programs at the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association social activity programs provide a safe and comfortable environment for the person with dementia and their care partner to enjoy quality time together and participate in stimulating activities while connecting with others. The social activity programs include:
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic, especially in San Diego
County where more than 60,000 people are suffering from the
disease. It is an insidious disease, that not only claims the life
of the diagnosed individual but puts intense emotional, physical and
financial strain on those who love and care for them. More than 80%
of individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s, are cared for at
home by a family member. For this reason, the Alzheimer’s
Association is committed to providing those affected and their loved
ones with FREE support and resources including a 24/7 Helpline,
community education, social activity programs, more than 35 support
& discussion groups and one-on-one assistance from master’s
level experts in Alzheimer’s disease. Along with providing the
community free programs and services, the Alzheimer’s Association is
unrelenting on advocating for public policy issues and critical
research funding in hopes of accelerating the global effort to
eliminate Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on March 17, 2015.