New Alzheimer pro­gram

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

“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.

North Glen­garry is cel­e­brat­ing Fire Pre­ven­tion Week by giv­ing lo­cal young­sters an op­por­tu­nity for a mem­o­rable ride in a bona fide fire truck. Chil­dren aged 3 to 14 are asked to submit a draw­ing or a photo re­lated to fire safety. En­tries should be dropped off at the town­ship of­fice in Alexan­dria or emailed to firead­min@north­glen­garry.ca by Oct. 18. The win­ner will win a ride in a fire truck and a fire­fighter’s Hal­loween cos­tume.

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