Walking in the Moment
The benefits of walking.
The list of health benefits from physical activity, and especially walkingoutdoors, gets longer and longer: Improved circulation, better balance and flexibility, improved sleep, better digestion, greater awareness and sense of well-being and a stronger motivation. In short, walking is good for the heart, brain and body and these benefits are magnified for a person in the early stages of dementia.
There is ample evidence that the feeling of well-being after an enjoyable activity can last for hours, or even days.
Pals and volunteers mix easily, and often the anxiety of those affected by dementiacan disappear. Many carers say that their dementia sufferer's ability to chat improves after a walk. Living in the here and now can mean that people with dementia have a greater capacity to enjoy the quality of the moment and the feeling of well-being can last for hours, or even days after the event.