Minds in Motion
Minds in Motion combines physical activity and mental stimulation while forming new friendships. The Alzheimer Society runs this program once a week, for 8 weeks in a community-based program centre. The 2-hour program offers gentle and easy to follow physical activities as well as fun activities focused on building social skills.
Minds in Motion participants have early to mid-stage signs of dementia and are accompanied by their care partners. Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of brain disorders that include the following symptoms: loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood and behaviour.
Physical activity helps promote blood circulation to the brain, encouraging the development of new cells and new connections, a process the brain is capable of doing at any age. Interacting with people encourages thinking, feeling, reasoning and intuition, which are activities that help develop connections between brain cells. Laughter is one of the most economical and effective stress-relievers, expanding blood vessels and nourishing cells with nutrients and oxygen.
Participating pairs will pay a minimal fee for the full eight week program.