Alzheimer Society needs volunteers for Minds in Motion

The fitness and social program is looking for people to help

Fred and Amelia look forward to Tuesday afternoons at the community centre. It’s where they come with their care partner for Minds in Motion, a fitness and social program for people experiencing early stage memory loss.

The local resource centre of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. needs volunteers who can help with this program.

“Our volunteers assist and engage with program participants, so a friendly personality, helpful demeanour and a sense of fun would be great assets,” says Lynnea Westlind, the society’s Minds in Motion coordinator for Vernon and North & Central Okanagan.

Minds in Motion is a 45-minute gentle fitness program followed by an hour of socializing and activities such as board games, ping pong or puzzles designed to stimulate thinking, laughter and conversation.

Some experience working with older adults and basic knowledge of or experience with dementia would also be helpful. Volunteers must be physically able to participate in the fitness part of the program and have the ability to lift supplies, assist with the set-up and clean-up of refreshments and activities.

For more information, contact Westlind at 250-860-0305 or lwestlind@alzheimerbc.org.