A program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada

Minds in Motion

Kitchener, Ontario

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Description of project

Minds in Motion® is a community-based program that incorporates physical activity and therapeutic programming for people living with early to mid-stages of dementia and their care partners. Minds in Motion® unfolds as new friendships are formed and stories are shared. The program runs once a week, for 8 weeks in a community-based program centre. The 2-hour program focuses on brain health by offering both gentle and easy to follow physical activities as well as fun social activities that stimulate the brain and focus on building personal skills while forming relationships.
Physical activity can help you feel better, reduce stress and maintain health. It helps to prevent muscle weakness and health complications associated with inactivity. It can also promote a normal day-to-night routine and may improve mood.
Participating in social activities is beneficial and fun. Throughout the 8 weeks, we explore different themes and topics to create conversation and to build on personal skills. By building these skills and utilizing an individual's strength, participants will be reacquainted with or learn new abilities intended to improve their overall well-being. Cognitive engagement will occur in a variety of different ways through active and positive interactions with participants and facilitators, by following instructions, by solving puzzles with the group and by engaging in conversation.
Benefits for the person with dementia include:
• Improved balance, mobility, flexibility and alertness
• Increased confidence and comfort with their own circumstance.
For the care partners, it's an opportunity to focus on their own health, rather than focusing on the needs of the person with dementia.
Other benefits include:
• Seeing the person they are caring for enjoying themselves.
• Mutual support and learning from trained facilitators and other care partners.
• Opportunities to learn about additional support systems that are available through the Alzheimer Society and the community.
Together, the participating couple can benefit from:
• Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting 2-3 days
• Reduced senses of isolation
• Spending quality time with each other and others

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