Tommy was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s when he was in his 60s, and he is quick to point out that memory loss is not the only symptom of his condition. Both his mood and his spatial awareness can sometimes be affected, to the point where it can be tempting to “sit with his dementia” and do nothing at all. This is part of why Tommy has figured out so many ways to keep moving and stay on his toes. Whether doing a bit of karaoke in the living room or a spontaneous workout in the garden, it all helps.
How Tommy Gets Moving
Tommy loves getting out and about, so found creative finding ways to keep moving at home And there’s no better evidence than the homemade driving range he’s fashioned in his back garden out of his wife’s spare duvets. Tommy also follows work out videos and walks on the treadmill, looking for different ways to stay active. Anything that keeps him outdoors, up on his feet, and having a bit of fun is fair game.
Tommy has continued to play golf both at home and on the course at his local club. He’s teaching a friend, also with Alzheimer’s, how to play golf and the two of them are looking to join a walking football club in the near future. Tommy says that by doing activities he enjoys, it gives him “a sense of purpose and worth” whilst connecting him socially to family and friends.
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