Combining physical activity and mental stimulation, Minds in Motion unfolds to laughter and chatter, with new friendships forming and stories being shared. The 2-hour program runs once a week, for 8 weeks, in a community-based program centre, and offers:
-Gentle and easy to follow physical activities
-Fun social activities focused on building personal skills
For the person with dementia, participants see improved balance, mobility, flexibility, and alertness; increased confidence, and comfort with their own circumstance; and support from others facing similar experience. While for the care partners it's an opportunity to focus on their own health, and have fun with their partner.
Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington supports persons living with dementia and their families, in living well with a dementia diagnosis. Our programs and services are designed to help people remain supported, active, engaged, informed, safe, and in control of their health throughout the dementia journey. We strive for excellence when providing education, social work support and social/recreational opportunities for people living with dementia, their care partners and families.
"Minds in Motion has changed my life. I have Alzheimer's and this is really somewhere I can come and be around people like me." ~ Guelph Participant
"Minds in Motion is the best program I have ever been a part of. I have been teaching fitness for 37 years and this is the best. The people I have met are such an inspiration. It Challenges people mentally, get people social and just so wonderful ! People are from all walks of life and we all come together for our health. I have learned a lot, even if they have Alzheimer's they have so much to offer! And they are hilarious, such a great sense of humour." ~Instructor
"When my mom comes here she comes in a bad mood and when she leaves she feels so much better. She struggles with depression, medication only goes so far and the socialization and exercise really helps to elevate her mood. It's great." ~Guelph Caregiver
To alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and to promote research.