Local residents experiencing early memory loss can get their Minds in Motion to start the new year.
A fitness and social program offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., Minds in Motion runs Thursday mornings from Jan. 5 through Feb. 11.
The physical and cognitive workout helps people in the early stages of Alzheimer disease or another dementia.
“They stay physically active, meet and socialize with others living with dementia, get involved in activities, and have access to information about dementia and services,” said Amber Graydon, the society’s Minds in Motion coordinator for West Kelowna and the Central/North Okanagan.
Participants, accompanied by a friend, family member or caregiver, enjoy light exercise conducted by a certified fitness instructor, followed by activities or games and social time in a relaxed atmosphere. Light refreshments are provided.
“The benefits are many,” said Graydon, adding that people with dementia see physical gains such as improved balance, mobility and flexibility, and increased comfort and confidence in their situation.
For care partners, benefits include more core strength and flexibility, an increased understanding of both dementia and self-care, and learning new coping strategies from peers.
“It’s something participants look forward to — a reason to get out of the house — and a topic to talk about afterwards,” said Graydon.
Minds in Motion runs weekly, Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 7 at Vernon Recreation Centre’s Halina Room, 3310-37th Ave.
To pre-register, contact the centre in person or online at www.greatervernonrecreation.ca. For more information, call the Alzheimer Resource Centre at 1-800-634-3399.
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, visit www.alzheimerbc.org.