When people are diagnosed with dementia, they tend to think that their life will go downhill rapidly.  However, this isn’t the case. People can live with their dementia for many years and according to a study carried out by Tappen et al. (2000) physical activities such as walking around the garden and chatting to someone, can help reduce the rate of decline of functional mobility, often associated with dementia by about 18%. After an initial diagnosis, people may experience feelings of despair, but it is important to keep busy and participate in activities, doing the things they enjoy, where possible, and try to avoid becoming isolated. Below are some examples of the kinds of simple activities that can be carried out to promote physical wellbeing, and also activities that stimulate the mind and memory.

 

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