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4.1 Live well to care well

Looking after your health will help you both move forward.

It is very important that you look after your physical and mental health when supporting a person with dementia. 

If your health breaks down, then you and the person you have been caring for will need additional support. Acting now to maintain or improve your health will help you both to move forward, positively. 

Staying physically active  

Physical activity helps your health in many ways, including: 

  • reducing high blood pressure 
  • reducing your risk of falls  
  • managing excess weight 
  • improving sleep  
  • improving your mood 

Physical activity is important and becomes more important as we get older. Physical activity can help you stay active as you age – that “use it or lose it” idea is quite true!