Sechelt residents experiencing early memory loss can get their Minds in Motion in the New Year.
A new fitness and social program offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., Minds in Motion launches nine weekly sessions beginning on Friday, Jan. 10.
“The program aims to help people 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 Bronwyn James, the Society’s First Link Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast and North Shore.
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 will be provided. Minds in Motion offers multiple benefits to persons with dementia, their care partners and others, James said.
Persons 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.
“Persons with dementia and their care partners have something to look forward to — a reason to get out of the house and a topic to talk about afterwards,” James said. “It’s a safe place to go and a good cognitive workout.”
Participants can experience sharpened cognitive function that sometimes lasts two to three days and feel energized. And volunteers with the program also go home with spirits uplifted.
Minds in Motion runs for nine Fridays, Jan. 10 through March 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Sechelt Aquatic Centre’s community room. Cost is $56 per couple to cover expenses. If space is available, participants are encouraged to drop in and try out a free session prior to registering.
To register, call the community centre at 604-885-6865.
For more information, see www.alzheimerbc.org.