Physical Activity


Benefits of Physical Activity

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Video: Staying Active Helps Me Live Well with Dementia

This video titled “Staying Active Helps Me Live Well with Dementia” talks about some of the benefits of physical activity experienced by people living with dementia. The video was produced by the DREAM and Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) Teams.

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Physical Activity Guidelines for People Living with Dementia

“It’s time to get active” was developed by the Ontario Brain Institute, and revised in partnership with the DREAM and Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) Teams. This resource shares information about general recommendations for physical activity and strategies to get active.

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Dementia-Inclusive Physical Activity

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Video: Dementia-Inclusive Exercise, A little Support Goes a Long Way

This video titled “Dementia-Inclusive Exercise: A Little Support Goes a Long Way” discusses how small supports and changes can help support people living with dementia in physical activity, exercise, sport, and recreational programs and activities. The video was produced by the DREAM and the Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) Teams.

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Advice for Being Active at Home

The Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) team developed this resource to provide advice for starting a physical activity program at home and supports that may help.

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Additional Supports

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DREAM: Learning Manual for Service Providers

This manual will help service providers develop knowledge and skills for engaging with people living with dementia and supporting inclusive physical activity, healthy eating, and other wellness programs.

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Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults Ages 65 Years and Older

The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults provide guidance on what a healthy day looks like for Canadian adults aged 65 years and older.

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DREAM Handout: Strategies for Physical Activity

This handout describes some physical activity challenges that may be experienced by people living with dementia, and strategies to get started and overcome them to maintain a physically active lifestyle.

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Video: Encourage and Support People Living with Dementia

This video discusses strategies on encouraging and supporting people living with dementia during physical activity, exercise, sport, and recreational programs and activities.

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DREAM Handout: Assess Physical Activity Safety

This handout describes the purpose and benefits of assessing safety for physical activity, and provides resources that can support safe participation.

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Later Life Training: Planning for I can

This document is designed to provide information about the person and assist the exercise professional build up a picture of the person as part of a person-centred assessment.

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DREAM Wallet Card: People with Dementia

This foldable resource is to help people living with dementia to communicate personal abilities, experiences, and preferences. This may help community service providers to understand and adapt their program appropriately.

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DREAM Wallet Card: People with Memory Challenges

This foldable resource is to help people with memory challenges to communicate their abilities, experiences, and preferences. This may help community service providers to understand and adapt their program appropriately.

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Perspectives of People Living with Dementia on Physical Activity

Late Life Training developed this document to share the views, interests, experiences, and challenges of people living with dementia in physical activity.

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DELIGHT

The DELIGHT program was developed to support the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and family and friend care partners. The DELIGHT healthy tip sheets give information and strategies to help people living with dementia live well.

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Otago Exercise Programme

This resource describes the practical implementation of a strength and balance retraining programme, which has been shown to reduce falls.

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Exercise Interventions for Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

This paper describes a series of evidence-based interventions designed to increase physical activity in people living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia.

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The Brain-Body Connection

This document outlines recommendations from the Global Council on Brain Health on physical activity and brain health for aging individuals.

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