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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Wellness - Wheelchair Exercise


Working with dialysis patients is a challenge.  Many have had diabetes for years, and have lost a foot or leg due to infection.  The resulting disability limits activity and overall health.  Patients can easily lapse into depression, give up on taking care of themselves -  even abondon their dreams for the future.  And THAT is a very bad place to be.  So I'm on a mission to find realistic exercises for these patients. Exercise strengthens our bodies and stimulates our minds.  Natural endorphins boost our mood.  These chair and wheelchair programs hold great promise.  Check 'em out!  You might have a little fun in the process. :)


Cathy said...

Chris, our PBS station broadcasts a program called "Sit & Be Fit". All of the exercises are done in a sitting position. I haven't watched it since my grandmother-in-law passed away, but they did help keep her muscle tone and range of flexibility better than if she just gave up after her strokes.
Thanks for reminding me of them!

501 Quilt Blocks said...

My mom (76) is diabetic and has been doing chair exercises 3 times a week for years. She not only feels better mentally and physically but has made some friends as well.