Keep minds in motion at the Climb for Alzheimer’s on September 29!

Fitness instructors from Innovative Fitness warm up the crowd at the Climb for Alzheimer's
Before participants take part in the Climb, certified fitness instructors guide them through a warm-up at the base of Grouse Mountain.

Thousands of British Columbians are affected by dementia; nobody should have to face that mountain alone. That’s why the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is inviting people to register and fundraise for the Climb for Alzheimer’s at Grouse Mountain on September 29, 2019.

The Climb is a fun, invigorating hike up the Grouse Grind® and shares its spirit of exercise, engagement and teamwork with the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Minds in Motion®, a social and fitness program for people in the early stages of the disease to attend with a care partner. Funds raised by passionate and dedicated participants of the Climb help make sure that people affected by dementia have access to programs and services like Minds in Motion®.

One of those people is Midge Lewis, who has been attending Minds in Motion® in Vernon with her grandson Dominic and other members of her family for the past five years. After her husband passed away, Midge found herself becoming isolated – until she and Dominic learned about the program in a local leisure guide.

A man in glasses stands behind an older woman in a chair with a paper crown on.
Midge Lewis, who recently celebrated her one hundredth birthday, is one of many British Columbians in the early stages of dementia who participate in Minds in Motion®, a social and fitness program avaliable through First Link® dementia support.

Programs like Minds in Motion® are available in many communities around the province and help people affected by dementia build skills and confidence as their disease progresses. They also keep them connected them to a group of people who are having similar experiences. “Getting out and socializing with her peers has been amazing,” Dominic says. Dominic is quick to share why he feels the program is so important for Midge. “When Grandma can’t attend a Minds in Motion® session, the mental juices just don’t seem to flow so easily.”

 Midge and Dominic are just two of the many people across the province who benefit from funds raised through the Climb for Alzheimer’s. Whether you climb the Grouse Grind® or take part in the Summit Stroll, you are having a direct impact on people affected by the disease, ensuring that they don’t have to face an uphill journey on their own.

This September 29, committed supporters, friends and family will head to Grouse Mountain to show that people don’t need to make the dementia journey alone. Who will you climb for? Register and start fundraising today.

Last Updated: 07/29/2019