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Pilates/yoga/exercise DVD for the elderly

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by phin, May 19, 2015.

  1. phin

    phin Registered User

    Jan 8, 2011
    6
    Hi all,

    I am the lodger with a 77 year old lady with Alzheimers. She came out of hospital a week ago, after being in for 10 days with pneumonia. She's still quite weak and we are keen to get her back to being as independent as possible again. She used to do a pilates class once a week but until she can get back to that we thought it would be good to get a DVD to do at home.

    Do you have any recommendations for one? Either yoga, pilates or some other gentle exercise would be great. There are a few on Amazon but I thought I would post here and ask.

    Thanks for your help!

    Fiona
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,596
    Kent
    It`s not easy to recommend unless you know the content of the DVD and the fitness level of the person wanting it.

    I have tried Tai Chi DVDs and fitness ones too but they stay on the shelf.

    I hope someone does have a tried and tested one for you.
     
  3. loveahug

    loveahug Registered User

    Nov 28, 2012
    1,071
    Moved to Leicester
    Hi Phin, may I suggest you use Youtube first, so you can give it a go and identify what type of exercises may help. Also ask the physiotherapist to teach you the prescribed exercises so you can do them with her.

    How lovely that this lady has you on her side to encourage and support her when she gets home. You're a star :)
     
  4. Risa

    Risa Registered User

    Apr 13, 2015
    483
    Essex
    Hi Fiona :)

    After a hysterectomy I got a couple of pilates DVDs by Lynne Robinson on the recommendation of the physiotherapist. They were nice and gentle and apart from needing a tennis ball for one exercise, no other equipment was needed.
     
  5. phin

    phin Registered User

    Jan 8, 2011
    6
    Great suggestions - thanks very much! I will get on YouTube later and have a look for something suitable.

    @loveahug - It's a great arrangement - I get cheap rent in return for her having some company and someone to keep an eye on her. Honestly I don't know why it's not more common for people of my age (36) and younger to live with older people - works out so well. It's also incredibly rewarding to help :)
     
  6. loveahug

    loveahug Registered User

    Nov 28, 2012
    1,071
    Moved to Leicester
    it's strange, Phin, that there was a great Radio 4 article about similar arrangements in France. They place university students who get free board and lodgings in return for companionship, a share of the chores and other arrangements such as shopping. It;s all done officially and they have to sign a contract. Why does cynical me feel it might not work that well in the UK?

    I think you're a star anyways....
     
  7. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
    5,302
    Cotswolds
    Our local council used to run an 'official' scheme like this, and I knew a couple of people (young and old) who benefitted greatly.

    However, as far as I know it's been discontinued....there must be something similar online though, surely :confused:

    A great idea as long as everyone stays flexible and honest :) x
     

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