Minds in Motion®

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Connecting people living with early to mid-stage symptoms of dementia through exercise, socialization and stimulating activities.

People participating in exercise class

Interested individuals can contact Taryl Bougie, Minds in Motion® Coordinator for further information and registration details.

 

What is Minds in Motion®?

Minds in Motion® is a community-based social program that incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs dementia and their care partners.  Minds in Motion® take place over two-hour weekly fitness and social program that runs for eight weeks at a time. It is designed for people with early to moderate symptoms of dementia to attend with a family member or friend.

    Program Details

    • Registration takes place at community recreation or seniors resource centres.
    • Limit of 22 participants (11 pairs).
    • In some circumstances individual living with dementia may register on their own, please connect with us for more information on this option
    • Program includes up to 50 minutes of gentle exercises followed by refreshments and 50 minutes activities that stimulate your brain.
    • Cost per participant pair is $40 (fees may vary across regions).

    Program Activities

    • Engage in chair exercises that improve overall fitness.
    • Meet and socialize with others over refreshments and conversation.
    • Stimulate the brain with fun and challenging activities.
    • Access information about dementia and Alzheimer Society services.

    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

    Why join the program? Here's what participants had to say about it:

    "I enjoyed participating in both physical exercise and 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 the most helpful. Pleasant and understanding- it’s been a very worthwhile course.” - Person with Dementia