What is Minds in Motion

Combining physical activity and mental stimulation, Minds in Motion unfolds to laughter and chatter, with new friendships forming and stories being shared.

Minds in Motion® is a physical activity and brain stimulation program for people living with dementia and their care partners, currently being offered online throughout Ontario.
We offer you an opportunity to join in on a mentally, socially and physically stimulating program right from your home. This is a great chance to stay connected! Minds in Motion is delivered by our experienced staff and community partners.

Feedback from our participants:

"I enjoyed participating in both the physical exercise and the social activities. It was wonderful meeting and getting to know all the participants. A great group! Overall, a great program. We both love coming. Leaders are excellent - always empathetic and great teachers.” –Care Partner


“The people involved are most helpful. Pleasant and understanding- it’s been a very worthwhile course.” - Person with Dementia


The participants

  • Minds in Motion participants have early to mid-stage signs of dementia and are accompanied by their care partners
  • In some circumstances individuals register on their own, please connect with your local Alzheimer Society for more information on this option
  • A maximum of 11 couples, or 22 participants, enrolled in each eight-week program
  • Each pair pays a minimal registration fee (fees may vary by community)

The program

The 2-hour program runs once a week, for 8 weeks, virtually, and offers:

  • Gentle and easy to follow physical activities
  • Fun social activities focused on building personal skills

The program benefits

For the person with dementia:

  • Improved balance, mobility, flexibility, and alertness
  • Increased confidence, and comfort with their own circumstance
  • Mutual support from others facing similar experiences

For the care partners, it’s an opportunity to focus on their own health, and have fun with their partner. Other benefits include:

  • Seeing the person they are caring for enjoying themselves
  • Mutual support and learning from other care partners

All participants can benefit from:

  • Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting 2-3 days.
  • Increased sense of social participation

Pilot Findings:

  • Participants’ endurance improved by 20% and strength by 15%.
  • Participants reported decreased social isolation and an increase in informal networks of support
  • 79% of participants continue with physical and social programs after participating
  • Close to 100 volunteers and students have been trained and are active in program delivery
  • 90% of staff, volunteers and students identified an increase in their dementia knowledge

Last Updated: 06/25/2020