Minds in Motion®

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Through Minds in Motion®, people living with early to mid-stage dementia will experience meaningful and beneficial socialization and stimulation through a number of activities. Learn more about the program on this page.

A Minds in Motion program in session.

A Minds in Motion program in session.

What is Minds in Motion®?

Minds in Motion® is a community-based social program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and their care partners.

Through the Minds in Motion® program, both the person living with dementia and the care partner can benefit from the following:

  • increasing physical activity through gentle group exercise
  • establishing new friendships with others who are living with similar experiences
  • engaging in fun, social activities


For more information about Minds in Motion® and how to get involved, please contact Vanessa Barnes at 519-332-4444 ext 135 or [email protected]

Watch the video from Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton below to learn more about Minds in Motion® 

Currently Recruiting Participants for a Research Study on the Effectiveness of Minds in Motion® Offered Virtually

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is currently recruiting people with dementia and their care partners to participate in a research study, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, to understand the impact of the Minds in Motion program offered on the computer (virtually). Research has suggested that people living with dementia and their care partners could benefit from the delivery of physical activity, and mental and social stimulation provided by computer and in the comfort of their own home.

Your help to understand these impacts and to provide feedback around what worked well and what could be changed will assist us in offering the best virtual Minds in Motion program we can.

The ability to participate in the research project is available to all people living with dementia and care partners in Ontario.

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Who can participate?

  • People living with dementia in early to mid-stages dementia and are accompanied by their care partners.
  • In some circumstances, individuals register on their own.


For more information on the study, or to register to participate, please contact
Vanessa Barnes at 519-332-4444 ext 135 or at [email protected]

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How often does the program run, and for how long? 

In-Person Program: These sessions run for two hours, once per week, for eight weeks in a community-based location (e.g., seniors centre, YMCA, etc.). 
 

Virtual Program: These sessions run for 1 ½ hours, once per week, for eight weeks. They are offered throughout Ontario, and there are no geographical restrictions to joining the program virtually. 

Please contact your local Alzheimer Society for more information.
 

The person living with dementia benefits from...

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

"I look forward to attending Minds in Motion online every week.  You get me moving physically, which has been limited because of the pandemic.  I love feeling a part of a group even if it’s through a screen.  Minds in Motion has helped me turn some lonely days into sunny happy days." – Person living with dementia
 

The care partner benefits from...

  • An opportunity to focus on their own health and have fun with their partner.
  • Seeing the person they are caring for enjoying themselves.
  • Mutual support and learning from other care partners.
  • 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

All participants benefit from...

  • Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting two to three days.
  • An increased sense of social participation.

“Excellent program—great people, got me out of the house and got a lot of information and communication with other people. I felt more comfortable being here a second time, saw an improvement in my mother—she smiled often!” – Family care partner

Our Minds in Motion® partners

Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors and supporters across Ontario!


A special thank you to our funders and partners who made this program possible:

  • Brock University
  • Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
  • Older Adult Association of Ontario Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO)
  • Ontario Brain Institute
  • Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Parks and Recreation Ontario
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • University of Waterloo
  • York University
     

For more information about Minds in Motion® and how to get involved, please contact Vanessa Barnes at 519-332-4444 ext 135 or [email protected]

More useful links and resources

Visit Alzheimer Society of Canada's Tips to reduce your risk of dementia.  
This page lists evidence-based tips and strategies to help you lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle that protects your brain and reduces your risk of dementia.