Jan 27, 2014

What have you used to give your loved one energy?

Our daily routine and living our life each and every day probably explains why Dotty maintained a good energy level.

Our reader Russ asked me,


What have you used to give your loved one energy?

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Russ, I never had a problem with energy with my mother, Dotty.

We did have problems with balance and falling when I first arrived in Delray Beach to take care of her (November 17, 2003). We also had a problem with her ability to walk any distance over about 2 city blocks.

To solve those problems, I took Dotty into the gym for the first time when she was 88 years old. I worked her out on the treadmill and weight machines five days a week. We also ate well with fruits and vegetables every day.

I knocked about 16 pounds off Dotty in the first three years and that probably helped.

So I think the combination of
  1. exercise
  2. reading,
  3. Mediterranean diet
  4. bright light
  5. music
  6. conversation, (think the Banana Boat and Harvey here), 
  7. and living our life probably explains why Dotty maintained a good energy level.
probably explains why Dotty maintained a good energy level.

I do know that if you let a person living with dementia sit around, watch television, and live the mundane, they will tend to become dull and lethargic.

Keep in mind we were still moving when my mother was 95 years old, more than 8 years after her diagnosis.

Can you make any suggestions to Russ on how he might be able to raise the energy level of his loved one?

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Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room

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