Those living with dementia can stay active and connected through a program at the YMCA. It’s called “Minds in Motion”. Every Thursday at 10 a.m., people with early to mid-stage dementia can participate in a fitness program followed by recreational activities and games.
Iris Vhal has been participating in the program since it was started 8 years ago. “I think it keeps you fit, keeps you on the right side of the grass a little longer. I love it, I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”
Minds in Motion; started by the Alzheimer’s Society in Prince George, brings together up to 24 people at a time. “The physical component is very beneficial for them because it’s a range of motion, stretching,” says Laurie De Croos, the First Link Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society in Prince George. “Also the social component for people who have dementia’s to be in a group of people who have dementia’s. Also for caregivers. It gives them a chance to interact with other caregivers as well.”
People can sign up by calling the Alzheimer’s Society.