March 09, 2016

movement for wellbeing

Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging

Qigong is the centuries-old practice of moving vital energy (Qi) through the channels of the body, known as meridians, to promote vitality and health. Stephen Rath details current research and Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to show how Qigong practice can support cognitive functioning, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing, in people with dementia. Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging presents a set of accessible Qigong exercises and breathing techniques adapted specifically for older people who may be frail or have limited mobility, which address specific symptoms associated with dementia. These include exercises for the hands and feet, exercises for releasing emotions through the Five Animal Sounds, seated exercises, and facial exercises. The exercises, contributed by the Natural Healing Research Foundation from their Senior Exercise Class in Hawaii, are presented with clear explanatory illustrations. The final part of the book describes the Chinese understanding of nutrition as an essential underpinning of good health into old age, and provides health-giving food and drink recipes for people with dementia based on these principles. There is also a helpful chapter on practicing Qigong to protect against caregiver burnout. This will be an invaluable book for care professionals, nurses, activity coordinators, and physical therapists, as well as people with dementia and their families.

Gentle exercises & movement for frail people
This pack comprises of a booklet and 48 instruction cards which illustrate and describe specific exercises, some of which require small apparatus such as a ball, for frail elderly people# The exercises are all tried and tested, having been used widely with confused and disabled older people# An inspiring pack, containing many fresh ideas, which encourages the carer to introduce safe exercises for older people, all of which can be done from a chair. Covers such areas as: the benefits of exercise and movement, disability, social attitudes, the environment, session planning, relaxation and singing. Includes a list of resources. Exercises for the arms, ankle, feet, fingers, hands, knees, legs, shoulders and waist. Boxed set including 48pp manual and 48 A5 photocopiable, laminated cards

Stronger seniors : yoga chair exercise
This program is designed to help seniors develop strength and enhance the ability to function in daily life. This beginning yoga program improves respiration and circulation and reduces tension. Stronger Seniors Yoga Chair Exercise will help to increase balance, flexibility, and strength. Yoga incorporates simple mind/body exercises focusing on breath and relaxation which help to reduce stress. 

Stronger seniors workout program. Stretch & StrengthA two-part program designed to help older people develop strength and enhance ability to function in daily life, improving stability, balance and mobility. workout routine specifically for seniors, performed at a slow, relaxing pace. The chair exercises will increase flexibility, provide a renewed sense of balance and well-being, develop strength, and enhance the ability to function for seniors.

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