Alzheimer's Memoirs: The Zumba Way
Should you try Zumba for Alzhimer’s disease? This is the story of Mary Harrison: let’s applaud this brave lady for coming forward with her tale to serve as an inspiration to countless others.
“It all started two years ago. It wasn’t a big deal at the start, I started forgetting little things… like where I put the keys after I came home from work or what that actor’s name was, the one in that movie about robots. It started getting a little alarming when it started becoming more and more frequent. I wouldn’t be able to recall the right word in the middle of conversation, or I would forget the lyrics to my favorite songs. I was always a very happy, laid back kind of person, I rarely got angry about anything, but lately I found myself becoming moody and reclusive and constantly getting into fights with friends and family.
Everyone noticed this change in me, and at their concern I went in for a checkup. I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Even though they told me it was in the early stages it took me a while to get over my initial shock.
Once I was ready to accept the facts, friends and family started looking for possible treatments - their only thought was to make me as comfortable as possible. We looked into alternative medicine as well. A friend suggested Zumba for Alzheimer’s disease to try to keep myself active.
The thing with Zumba for Alzheimer’s disease is that there’s a little bit of choreography involved, and you obviously have to memorize those steps in sequence. This keeps your brain active. Such memory exercises are a great way to improve your power of recall.
Zumba for Alzheimer’s Disease
I was told that Zumba is a kind of dance where participants would follow easy choreography steps incorporating dance with Latin, Merengue, cha-cha, hip hop, and salsa influences.
The best part is it doesn’t feel like a workout at all! It’s tons of fun and I’ve made great friends with all the people I take Zumba with. I wasn’t really a dancer when I started, so I was a bit apprehensive about how it would go. The instructor was very considerate and would help me out with the parts I found particularly hard to follow, even spending extra time with me till I got the hang of it.
In the year and a half that I’ve been taking Zumba I’ve found that my hand-eye coordination has improved and I’m better able to recall names and faces.
My doctor recommended that I increase the intake of avocados, different types of nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, almonds and pecans; hormone free meat; fish, especially mackerel and herring; and different types of oils such as palm, olive and sunflower.
That’s my story; I hope it will help you on your journey as well.”
The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is as hard on the families and friends as it is on the patient. Now is the time you have to endure it all with as much patience as you can muster. It’s a good idea to join a support group where you can connect with other people in similar situations and know that you are not alone.