Small Ideas: $10,000

Description

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 forming and stories are being 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.

What makes Minds in Motion® exercises specific to the program? Cardio, strength, balance and flexibility training using balls as the only form of equipment and engaging in 10 functional exercises specific to activities of daily living- for example marching, chair stands, leg and arm stretches.

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.

What are the benefits of the program? For the person with dementia: 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 and mutual support and learning from trained facilitators and other care partners.

Together, the participating couple can benefit from sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting 2-3 days, reduced senses of isolation and spending quality time with each other and others.

In 2017, 124 individuals participated in 670 Minds in Motion sessions across Waterloo and Wellington regions, and in 2018 our goal is to provide even more individuals with this fantastic opportunity!

The Aviva Community Fund small ideas category will allow Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington to increase program offerings across Waterloo and Wellington regions, allowing more individuals living with Alzheimer's or other dementias, as well as their care partners, to access this amazing and fun program in a timely manner, in their own community.

Broker supported
JOSSLIN INSURANCE BROKERS LIMITED

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington

Location: Waterloo Region, ON, Canada