Cowichan Valley residents get minds in motion

Cowichan Valley residents experiencing early memory loss can get their Minds in Motion, thanks to the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Cowichan Valley residents experiencing early memory loss can get their Minds in Motion, thanks to the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Minds in Motion, the Society’s fitness and social program, offers a physical and cognitive workout that helps people in the early stages of Alzheimer disease or another dementia.

The program runs throughout the year on Monday afternoons. The next session is from March 7 through April 18.

“Participants stay physically active, meet and socialize with others living with dementia, get involved in activities, and have access to information about dementia and services,” explains Shanan St. Louis, the Society’s Minds in Motion coordinator for the Valley and the Central & North Island.

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,” says St. Louis.

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,” she says.

Minds in Motion runs weekly on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cowichan Aquatic Centre, 2653 James St.

To pre-register, contact 250-746-7665. For more information, call the Alzheimer Resource Centre at 1-800-462-2833.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, visit www.alzheimerbc.org.