January 31, 2018

DVDs for exercises for people with dementia and for seniors!

*these DVDs and articles  are available to members of dementia Australia NSW by mailing NSW.Library@dementia.org.au

Oh dear, what can the matter be? : this programme is about encouraging people with dementia to stay active
by Dementia Services Development Centre (University of Stirling)

Keeping active is as important for people with dementia as for any of us, yet there are additional difficulties in helping people with dementia to get up and keep going. This short, optimistic video explains why walking is important and shows how to help people with dementia get on their feet. It would be useful as part of any moving and handling course and well as a way of stimulating discussion on understanding challenging behaviour and planning meaningful activities.

It covers :
Everyday activities are essential
Life story work helps select suitable activities
Staying active improves appetite, circulation and sleep
Risk assessment and risk taking
The abilities of people with dementia vary from day to day and hour to hour
People who walk constantly need a safe environment
Hip protection – a success in some settings
How to get someone with dementia from sitting to standing
The acute sector – how it affects people with dementia
Rehabilitation – how to achieve it
Whenever exercise is in consideration consider pain also

Therapeutic exercise : treatment planning for progression [DVD and book available]

This DVD provides 60 minutes of video clips that gives students the ability to observe an activity, critique the technique, compare and contrast movement in a wide range of ages, select the appropriate exercise for the job and many other applications. It covers addressing functional limitations and disability with therapeutic exercise; range of motion and stretching; strength; balance; coordination and proprioception; endurance.

Stronger seniors workout program. Stretch & Strength DVD

A 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.

Stronger seniors : yoga chair exercise DVD

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. 

Balance DVD

These exercises are targeted for all older people .  They are designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and sense of balance through practise of a variety of functional  tasks.  These tasks can be easily duplicated in the home or community setting.

Tai Chair DVD

Tai Chair is a series of exercises targeted for all older people. They are designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and sense of balance through practise of a variety of functional tasks.

The aim of this pilot study was to examine whether chair yoga was effective in reducing pain level and improving physical function and emotional well-being in a sample of community-dwelling older adults with osteoarthritis. One-way repeated measures analysis of variance was performed to examine the effectiveness of chair yoga at baseline, midpoint (4 weeks), and end of the intervention (8 weeks). Although chair yoga was effective in improving physical function and reducing stiffness in older adults with osteoarthritis, it was not effective in reducing pain level or improving depressive symptoms. Future research planned by this team will use rigorous study methods, including larger samples, randomized controlled trials, and follow up for monitoring home practice after the interventions.
p, 12-22

Chair yoga : seated exercises for health and wellbeing [DVD]
Chair yoga is a revolutionary concept designed to make the numerous benefits of classical yoga available to a wider range of physical abilities. This step-by-step program can be practiced by virtually anyone, anywhere, in any chair, to stimulate physical and mental well-being. This fully illustrated guide contains ninety easy-to-master exercises that have been specially developed for those with a limited range of movement.

Independence fitness : meditation & Qigong workout for seniors

Qigong is sometimes called the 'new yoga,'

It is the process of aligning breath and movement, awareness of exercise and healing and meditation. Qigong is very similar to Tai Chi and creates a great opportunity for mental and physical challenges. Meditation is powerful. It is taught with Qigong and used throughout Independence Fitness. 

It offers a wide variety of health benefits for your physiological, psychological and sociological well-being and is simple to perform. Mediation relieves tension in the muscles and reduces depression, stress, loneliness and anxiety. It can reduce body pain, decrease blood pressure and improve circulation. Meditation can make you more alert and positively impact your ability to interact with others and your surroundings. It can even help you sleep better!
This routine is split 50/50 on Meditation and Qigong. It is unique and can be seen as a break from the strength building workouts. This video is intentionally very relaxing. Enjoy! Featuring Connie Balcom, ACE-Certified Senior Fitness Specialist. 

Independence Fitness is the most comprehensive whole body exercise program focused on strength, balance and flexibility. 

article :Study: Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Boosts Memory, May Delay Dementia

PROBLEM: Though previous studies have shown aerobic exercise's ability to increase brain volume and improve memory, it's unclear if a less strenuous form of physical exercise, namely tai chi, can engender the same brain benefits.

RESULTS: The participants who practiced tai chi three times a week however, showed significant increases in brain volume as well as improvements in their memory and thinking test scores.

CONCLUSION: A regular tai chi exercise regimen enlarges the brain and enhances the cognitive abilities of the elderly.

IMPLICATION: Since past research has shown a link between dementia and brain shrinkage, a less aerobic form of exercise, such as tai chi, may delay the onset of this degenerative mental illness.

SOURCE: The full study, "Changes in Brain Volume and Cognition in a Randomized Trial of Exercise and Social Interaction in a Community-Based Sample of Non-Demented Chinese Elders," is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

The power of Tai-Chi DVD plus instruction booklet
Master the basics in record time with one easy class. Each title is beautifully presented as a hard cover book with the accompanying DVD housed within a sliding tray which is incorporated in the front cover. Together each book & DVD set delivers a complete class for you at home.With a selection of popular lifestyle and music titles available, this series has something for everyone.

The gift of yoga DVD plus instruction booklet Benefit from centuries of wisdom in the comfort of your own home and join Gena Kenny as she introduces you to the postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation that makes up Hatha yoga. The Gift of Yoga: Book and DVD contains step-by-step instructions covering the major components of yoga, including postures, breathing and relaxation. Containing a full length program and four mini-workouts, The Gift of Yoga is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and includes tips on how to increase or decrease the challenge. These programs have been designed to improve the flexibility, stability and strength of your body, and soothe and calm your mind.

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