New Alzheimer program
“Regular physical activity and mental stimulation are good for your health and your brain because they encourage the development of new cells and new connections,” says Shelley Vaillancourt, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District.
“When combined in a social environment, the program also helps foster a sense of independence for people with dementia and promotes the well-being of those who care for them.” With growing evidence linking a socially, physically and mentally active lifestyle in helping people to live well with dementia, the Alzheimer Society is delighted to offer five Minds in Motion programs to local residents throughout the five counties with the first eight-week program start- ing in Cornwall in October.
More information is available at www.alzheimer.ca/en/on/We-canhelp/Minds-In-Motion. Call 613932-4914 to register.
Minds in Motion combines exercise and intellectual stimulation. It includes up to 60 minutes of physical exercise led by a trained physical activity program leader, and up to 60 minutes of mentally stimulating activities facilitated by a coordinator. The activities are targeted for people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and their care partners. Care partners are to register along with the person who is living with dementia. “We heard from people living with dementia in the early stages, that they wanted to connect with other people who are living a similar journey and that they wanted to be active in exercise and in intellectual stimulation,” explained Ms. Vaillancourt.
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