Our volunteers play a vital role at Alzheimer Society of Durham Region. Without them, we wouldn't be able to fully achieve our mission to "improve the quality of life of people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their care partners." We asked our volunteers to reflect on what volunteering means to them, and to the community they serve. Here is what they said:
"Minds in Motion is excellent, upbeat, friendly and helpful. I have witnessed participants improve their physical abilities and increased chatter with each other."
"The reward is being an important part of their day and bringing a smile to someone's face...you can't even express the warmth. I certainly get more out of volunteering than I give. It's a nice feeling knowing that you've made someone's day a litter brighter."
"Minds in Motion is about interacting in a social environment together, whether you're physically active or talking about your day. That's the most important thing, to feel like you're together as a team. You're fighting [dementia] as a group, not individually."
"It's awesome seeing the participants progress throughout the weeks and sharing stories about their weekend."