Hi! My grandfather has early onset Alzheimer's, and I'm trying to get him to go on walks and exercise more, but it's a struggle, what do you suggest doing?

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Hi! Did he always enjoy walking and exercising? What is his reason for not wanting to go? I wonder if you said that you were “training for a marathon” or “trying to work out more often” and suggested that you needed HIS help to do so, if he would go. Typically, if you ask for help, another person may find it harder to turn down then if you just try to get him to do it for his own health. He may feel honored that you’re asking for his assistance with your “training.”

On a side note, make sure you are with him (or someone else is) while walking outside because he could get lost. Also, do you mean that he is in the early stages of dementia, or is he under the age of 65? Early-onset means that somebody is pretty young, like well under 65, and the symptoms move a little quicker.

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Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of three published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.

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