Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion® is a fitness and social program for those with early stage dementia and a friend, family member or caregiver.

Enjoy physical activity conducted by a certified fitness instructor, followed by activities and social time in a relaxed atmosphere. Develop new friendships with others living similar experiences.

How the program works

A two hour, weekly program that runs for eight consecutive weeks. The program combines:

  • 45-60 minutes of physical activity led by a certified physical activity program leader
  • 45-60 minutes of socially stimulating mental activities facilitated by an Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan program staff and volunteers
  • Light, healthy refreshments are provided
  • Class sizes are limited in order to accommodate the needs of all participants 

Benefits to the individual with dementia:

  • Increased confidence and comfort with their diagnosis
  • Inclusion in community
  • Improved balance, mobility, flexibility and alertness

Benefits to the care partner/family/friend:

  • Self-care: an opportunity to focus on their own health, rather than focusing exclusively on the needs of the person with dementia
  • Pleasure from seeing the person that they care for enjoying themselves
  • Mutual support and learning from other care partners

Benefits to both:

  • Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting two to three days
  • Reduced sense of isolation
  • Improved balance, mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance
  • Supportive environments which encourage new friendships with others who are living the same 

Last Updated: 04/30/2020