Sechelt residents experiencing early memory loss can get their Minds in Motion® in the New Year. A new fitness and social program offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of BC, Minds in Motion launches nine weekly sessions beginning on Friday, January 10.
“The program aims to help people stay physically active, meet and socialize with others living with dementia, get involved in activities, and have access to information about dementia and services,” explains Bronwyn James, the Society’s First Link Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast and North Shore.
Participants, accompanied by a friend, family member or caregiver, enjoy light exercise conducted by a certified fitness instructor, followed by activities or games and social time in a relaxed atmosphere. Light refreshments will be provided. Minds in Motion offers multiple benefits to persons with dementia, their care partners and others, says James.
Persons with dementia see physical gains such as improved balance, mobility and flexibility, and increased comfort and confidence in their situation. For care partners, benefits include more core strength and flexibility, an increased understanding of both dementia and self-care, and learning new coping strategies from peers.
“Persons with dementia and their care partners have something to look forward to – a reason to get out of the house – and a topic to talk about afterwards,” James says. “It’s a safe place to go and a good cognitive workout.” Participants can experience sharpened cognitive function that sometimes lasts two to three days and feel energized. And volunteers with the program also go home with spirits uplifted.
Minds in Motion runs for nine Fridays, January 10 through March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Sechelt Aquatic Centre’s Community Room, 5500 Shorncliffe Avenue. Cost is just $56 per couple to cover expenses. If space is available, participants are encouraged to drop in and try out a free session prior to registering.
To register call the community centre at 604-885-6865. For more information, contact James toll-free at 1-855-984-8347 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias visit www.alzheimerbc.org.